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Arizona high court upholds law on medical malpractice suits

PHOENIX — A new Arizona Supreme Court ruling upholds a state law that
seeks to screen out flimsy medical-malpractice suits by requiring that
plaintiffs have a testifying witness from the same medical specialty as the
doctor being sued.

The court’s unanimous ruling issued Tuesday says the requirement makes it more
difficult to file medical-malpractice suits but is not unconstitutional because
the requirement doesn’t flatly prevent plaintiffs from having their day in
court.

The ruling was issued in a case from Tucson in which a University Physicians
Healthcare doctor was sued. The doctor was sued by the father of a 17-year-old
girl who died from blood clots after being hospitalized for other blood clots.

The Supreme Court’s ruling sends the case back down to trial court for further
proceedings.

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