Overview of The Colorado Candor Act
On July 1, 2019, the Colorado legislature enacted an open discussion law called The Colorado Candor Act. The law provides, for the first time, a way for patients and health care providers to have an open, candid and confidential discussion after an adverse health event. Often patients and their families have many questions about what happened and why it happened. The law creates a way for health care providers to answer those questions, and, in some instances, to offer compensation without the need for lengthy and acrimonious litigation. Using this process, we are able to work directly with the health care providers to obtain compensation for our clients without the necessity of filing a lawsuit. We have found this to be a healing and restorative process for both our patients and the health care providers.
Lorraine Parker of Parker Lipman LLP was at the forefront of getting this groundbreaking law passed. As one of Colorado’s leading medical malpractice lawyers, Ms. Parker was asked to help write the Candor Act and also advocated for it in front of the Colorado Legislature. The Candor Act passed unanimously in both houses and was signed into law by Governor Polis.