OLR BILL ANALYSIS

SB 99

AN ACT CONCERNING LETTERS OF PROTECTION.

SUMMARY:

This bill requires licensed doctors and physical therapists (providers) to tell a patient who suffers a personal injury:

1. whether they will treat the patient based on a letter of protection from the patient's personal injury lawyer that promises to either pay their fees from the proceeds of any settlement or judgment or, if there is no recovery or the recovery is insufficient, to have the patient pay and

2. the estimated cost of giving the patient or his or her attorney an opinion letter on the patient's diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis, including a disability rating.

The bill requires a provider to give the patient this information in writing during consultation and before treatment.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2012

COMMITTEE ACTION

Judiciary Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

42

Nay

0

(03/21/2012)