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Chapter 7.70 RCW

ACTIONS FOR INJURIES RESULTING FROM HEALTH CARE

RCW Sections

7.70.010Declaration of modification of actions for damages based upon injuries resulting from health care.
7.70.020Definitions.
7.70.030Propositions required to be established -- Burden of proof.
7.70.040Necessary elements of proof that injury resulted from failure to follow accepted standard of care.
7.70.050Failure to secure informed consent -- Necessary elements of proof -- Emergency situations.
7.70.060Consent form -- Contents -- Prima facie evidence -- Shared decision making -- Patient decision aid -- Failure to use.
7.70.065Informed consent -- Persons authorized to provide for patients who are not competent -- Priority.
7.70.068Informed consent--May be contained in mental health advance directive.
7.70.070Attorneys' fees.
7.70.080Evidence of compensation from other source.
7.70.090Hospital governing bodies -- Liability -- Limitations.
7.70.100Mandatory mediation of health care claims -- Procedures.
7.70.110Mandatory mediation of health care claims -- Tolling statute of limitations.
7.70.120Mandatory mediation of health care claims -- Right to trial not abridged.
7.70.130Mandatory mediation of health care claims -- Exempt from arbitration mandate.
7.70.140Medical malpractice closed claim reporting requirements.
7.70.150Actions alleging violation of accepted standard of care -- Certificate of merit required.
7.70.160Frivolous claims.

Notes:

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.