The Midwest Medical Legal Advisor provides legal information for healthcare providers and administrators, malpractice insurance professionals, and attorneys.
In 2017, Iowa enacted a statute that aimed to dismiss meritless medical malpractice actions early in the case. The statute, Iowa Code § 147.140, requires that a plaintiff provide a certificate of merit signed by an expert within 60 days of the defendants’ answer. The certificate must address the standard of care and the defendant’s alleged breach of that standard. If the plaintiff fails to provide such a certificate, the [...]