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2013 - 2014 LEGISLATURE
April 4, 2013 - Introduced by Representatives Severson, Nygren, Bernier, Bies,
Brooks, Czaja, Honadel, Jacque, Kaufert, Kestell, Kleefisch, Knodl,
LeMahieu, Marklein, Murphy, Nass, A. Ott, Petersen, Pridemore, Schraa,
Stone, Strachota, Tittl, Craig and Ballweg, cosponsored by Senators
Vukmir, Cowles and Farrow. Referred to Committee on Judiciary.
AB120,1,2 1An Act to create 904.14 of the statutes; relating to: inadmissibility of a
2statement of apology or condolence by a health care provider.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, certain types of evidence are not allowed to be admitted in
a court action for various policy reasons. For example, evidence of remedial
measures taken after an event occurred that would have made the event less likely
is not admissible to prove negligence or culpable conduct in connection with the
event. As another example, no written or oral communication relating to a dispute
in mediation is admissible or subject to discovery in any judicial proceeding or
administrative action.
This bill provides that a statement or conduct of a health care provider that
expresses apology, benevolence, compassion, condolence, fault, liability, remorse,
responsibility, or sympathy to a patient or patient's relative or representative is not
admissible into evidence or subject to discovery in any civil action or administrative
hearing regarding the health care provider as evidence of liability or as an admission
against interest.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB120, s. 1 3Section 1. 904.14 of the statutes is created to read:
AB120,2,2
1904.14 Inadmissibility of statement by health care provider of apology
2or condolence.
(1) In this section:
AB120,2,63 (a) "Health care provider" has the meaning given in s. 146.81 (1) and includes
4an ambulatory surgery center, an adult family home as defined in s. 50.01 (1), and
5a residential care apartment complex, as defined in s. 50.01 (6d), that is certified or
6registered by the department of health services.
AB120,2,77 (b) "Relative" has the meaning given in s. 106.50 (1m) (q).
AB120,2,13 8(2) A statement, a gesture, or the conduct of a health care provider, or a health
9care provider's employee or agent, that expresses apology, benevolence, compassion,
10condolence, fault, liability, remorse, responsibility, or sympathy to a patient or to his
11or her relative or representative is not admissible into evidence or subject to
12discovery in any civil action or administrative hearing regarding the health care
13provider as evidence of liability or as an admission against interest.
AB120, s. 2 14Section 2. Initial applicability.
AB120,2,1615 (1) This act first applies to statements, gestures, or conduct that occur on the
16effective date of this subsection.
AB120,2,1717 (End)
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