One of the recent changes to our tort system is that, to file a medical malpractice case, an expert affidavit has to be attached to the Petition. The attorney must attest that:
1) Plaintiff has consulted with a qualified expert
2) Plaintiff has obtained a written opinion from the expert and that the expert believes that a reasonable interpretation of the factors supports a finding of professional negligence
3) Based on the consultation with the expert, plaintiff believes the claim is meritorious and based on good cause.
The law goes into effect November 1, 2009.
Here's the full statute: 12 O.S. § 19 . Professional Negligence Action - Expert Opinion Affidavit Requirements - Exemption