Upcoming discussion on administered compensation alternatives:
Common Good is convening a public forum in conjunction with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (District II/NY) on Tuesday, June 3, 2008. This forum will present information and solicit input about the possibility of launching a birth-injury compensation program in New York.
Among other speakers, Dr. Richard Berkowitz of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons will speak about the current legal environment for birth-injury litigation - and opportunities for improving the system in New York. Kenney Shipley, the director of the Florida Neurological Injury Compensation Association, will speak about the functioning of Florida's birth-injury program. Also, Michelle Mello from the Harvard School of Public Health will discuss her research on system performance issues in the compensation programs in Florida and Virginia. A panel of respondents will follow, discussing the potential barriers to enacting to such a system in New York. Finally, representatives from the New York physician, hospital, and legal communities will share their perspectives.