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12-570. Malpractice settlement or award reporting; civil penalty; definition

A. If a medical malpractice action or an action brought under section 46-455 against a nursing care institution is settled or a court enters a monetary judgment:

1. The professional liability insurers shall provide the defendant's health profession regulatory board with all information required to be filed with the national practitioner data bank pursuant to Public Law 99-660. In the case of an action brought under section 46-455 against a nursing care institution, the information shall be provided to the department of health services.

2. The plaintiff's attorney shall provide the defendant's health profession regulatory board, or, in the case of an action brought against a nursing care institution, the department of health services, with the notice described in subsection B of this section, a copy of the complaint and a copy of either the agreed terms of settlement or the judgment. The attorney shall provide this notice and these documents within thirty days after a settlement is reached or a judgment is entered.

B. The notice required by subsection A of this section shall contain the following information:

1. The name and address of each defendant.

2. The name, date of birth and address of each plaintiff.

3. The date and location of the occurrence which created the claim.

4. A statement specifying the nature of the occurrence resulting in the malpractice action.

5. A copy of all expert witness depositions, a transcript of all expert witness court testimony or a written evaluation of the case by an expert witness.

C. The notice required by subsection A of this section is not discoverable and not admissible as evidence.

D. An attorney who does not supply the information required by subsections A and B of this section within thirty days after the notice of settlement or judgment is due under subsection A of this section is subject to a civil penalty of five hundred dollars.

E. A confidentiality clause in a settlement agreement does not apply to the reporting requirements of this section.

F. For the purposes of this section, "health profession regulatory board" has the same meaning prescribed in section 32-3201.