1) What if the report was served with the petition? Because answers can be due more than 21 days later, with our Monday answer rule, defendants were sometimes required to object to the report before answering the suit.
2) What if the defendant avoided service? Plaintiffs were then faced with missing the deadline to serve a report because they had not yet served the defendant.
HB 658 revised CPRC 74.351(a) to address these two situations.
a health care liability claim, a claimant shall, not later than the 120th day
after the date each defendant's [
the] original answer is [ petition
was] filed, serve on that [ each] party or the party's
attorney one or more expert reports, with a curriculum vitae of each expert
listed in the report for each physician or health care provider against whom a
liability claim is asserted. The date
for serving the report may be extended by written agreement of the affected
parties. Each defendant physician or
health care provider whose conduct is implicated in a report must file and
serve any objection to the sufficiency of the report not later than the
later of the 21st day after the date the report is [ it was]
served or the 21st day after the date the defendant's answer is filed,
failing which all objections are waived.
This bill took effect September 1, 2013.
You should now calendar deadlines as follows:
Petition Served: ___________
Defendant's Answer filed: ______________
Expert Report Due: Answer Date + 120 days
Expert Report Served: ____________
Objections Due: Report Date + 21 days or Answer date + 21 days, whichever is later.