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Early Discussion and Resolution Program aims to reduce lawsuits

If you have a case of medical malpractice that you want to bring against a medical professional for neglect or mistakes that led to a loved one' death, then you may be interested in hearing more about a new dispute resolution process in Oregon. This new arrangement, called the Early Discussion and Resolution Program, would give patients or their families a chance to work through cases with the hospital or defendants before they hit trial.

While some wonder what the benefit would be of settling outside court, there are many reasons to do so. Reducing costs, saving time and helping families by getting them the compensation they need sooner is better for everyone all around. Lawsuits, it's argued, drive a wedge between providers and patients, which means that more people fear working with each other. Instead, EDR would give a chance to both sides to come to a fair resolution.

How does the Early Discussion and Resolution Program work?

The program is still in its infancy, but the idea is that patients or providers could request a "conversation" with the help of the Oregon Patient Safety Commission. Both sides would need to agree that they want to participate.

Once both parties agree to work together, everything discussed has to be communicated orally. The only thing allowed to be on paper is an offer of payment. Finally, all conversations remain confidential. If this initial conversation doesn't help, there is still mediation and then potentially trial.

This is just one new option that patients may wish to look into after a wrongful death. It saves time and energy, so you can focus on what's most important at this difficult time.

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