State Rep. David Evans of Searcy says he plans to introduce a tort-reform bill during the 2007 legislative session that would allow doctors to apologize for errors without admitting negligence. Furthermore, the law would make the apologies inadmissable in a malpractice suit.

“If there is a problem, a physician can come in and talk about it with a patient,” Evans said. “There would be some funds available to get the patient back on their feet, and this would not be discoverable in a court of law. They are trying this in other states, hoping this would head off some lawsuits.”