Legal liability bill passes state Senate

As Kentucky continues to rank among the worst states in the country for legal liability climate, a bill to bring reforms to the legal liability system in the state passed through the state Senate on Thursday.

Senate Bill 20, sponsored by Sen. Ralph Alvarado, is an omnibus bill including reforms such as affidavit of merit to reduce the number of frivolous claims, caps on attorney’s contingency fees to ensure the injured party receives the majority of the money in a settlement, and statement of sympathy language that allows medical providers to show compassion in the event of a patient’s death without the fear of a lawsuit claiming they are at fault.

Alvarado pointed to Delaware’s standing as the top-ranking state for legal liability many years in a row and said his bill will mirror the policies Delaware has in place in order to improve Kentucky’s climate.

Senate Bill 20 passed with a vote of 20 to 16 and now moves to the House.

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