The Illinois Supreme Court has recently approved local rules that would require mediation for medical malpractice claims in Madison County. The rules also require that mediation occur within 90 days after all depositions in a case were taken. In addition, the Madison County rules enable the creation of a Circuit Review panel, composed of local judges, who must approve the medical malpractice claim before it can go to mediation. Finally, the rules also set out strict limits on 2-622 affidavits. If a medical malpractice claim does not have the required health professional’s report indicating that the claim is legitimate, the plaintiff has 45 days to obtain one or else forfeit the case.
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