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Chapter 7.70 RCW


Declaration of modification of actions for damages based upon injuries resulting from health care.
Propositions required to be establishedBurden of proof.
Necessary elements of proof that injury resulted from failure to follow accepted standard of care.
Failure to secure informed consentNecessary elements of proofEmergency situations.
Consent formContentsPrima facie evidenceShared decision makingPatient decision aidFailure to use.
Informed consentPersons authorized to provide for patients who are not competentPriority.
Informed consentMay be contained in mental health advance directive.
Attorneys' fees.
Evidence of compensation from other source.
Hospital governing bodiesLiabilityLimitations.
Mandatory mediation of health care claimsProcedures.
Mandatory mediation of health care claimsTolling statute of limitations.
Mandatory mediation of health care claimsRight to trial not abridged.
Mandatory mediation of health care claimsExempt from arbitration mandate.
Medical malpractice closed claim reporting requirements.
Actions alleging violation of accepted standard of careCertificate of merit required.
Frivolous claims.
Complaint in personal injury actions not to include statement of damages: RCW 4.28.360.
Evidence of furnishing or offering to pay medical expenses inadmissible to prove liability in personal injury actions for medical negligence: Chapter 5.64 RCW.
Immunity of members of professional review committees, societies, examining, licensing or disciplinary boards from civil suit: RCW 4.24.240.
Malpractice insurance for retired physicians providing health care services: RCW 43.70.460.
Statute of limitations in actions for injuries resulting from health care: RCW 4.16.350.
Verdict or award of future economic damages in personal injury or property damage action may provide for periodic payments: RCW 4.56.260.