Thoughts from the Bench on the Medical-Legal Dispute Process
THE HON. MYRLE R. PETTY
San Bernardino, California
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Of the many and vast changes brought about by passage of SB 863, one of the least understood and least utilized procedures relates to resolution of medical-legal disputes, both as to the amount payable and as to the compensability of such charges. Before going into these procedures in detail, I’d like to begin with a mini refresher course that I’ll entitle "Medical-Legal 101."