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H.J.R. 34 Enrolled

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JOINT RESOLUTION ON HOSPITAL CLAIMS

             2     
MANAGEMENT

             3     
2010 GENERAL SESSION

             4     
STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Bradley G. Last

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Senate Sponsor: Stephen H. Urquhart

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             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This joint resolution amends a rule of evidence relating to expressions of apology in
             11      medical malpractice actions.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This resolution:
             14          .    amends Rule 409 of the Utah Rules of Evidence; and
             15          .    makes expressions of apology, sympathy, condolences, and the like inadmissible
             16      against the health care provider.
             17      Special Clauses:
             18          This resolution provides an immediate effective date.
             19      Utah Rules of Evidence Affected:
             20      AMENDS:
             21           Rule 409, Utah Rules of Evidence
             22     
             23      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, two-thirds of all members elected to
             24      each of the two houses voting in favor thereof:
             25          As provided in Utah Constitution Article VIII, Section 4, the Legislature may amend
             26      rules of procedure and evidence adopted by the Utah Supreme Court upon a two-thirds vote of
             27      all members of both houses of the Legislature:
             28          Section 1. Rule 409 , Utah Rules of Evidence is amended to read:
             29           Rule 409. Payment of medical and similar expenses; expressions of apology.


             30          (a) Evidence of furnishing or offering or promising to pay medical, hospital, or similar
             31      expenses occasioned by an injury is not admissible to prove liability for the injury.
             32          (b) Statements, expressions, or conduct that express apology, sympathy,
             33      commiseration, condolence, compassion, or general sense of benevolence, or describe the
             34      sequence of events relating to the unanticipated outcome of medical care or the significance of
             35      events or both are not admissible against a health care provider or an employee of a health care
             36      provider to prove liability for an injury.
             37          Section 2. Effective date.
             38          This resolution takes effect upon approval by a constitutional two-thirds vote of all
             39      members elected to each house.


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