Tort Law

CCS/HCS/SS#2/SCS/SB 1 – Modifies the law relating to the Second Injury Fund and occupational disease within the workers’ compensation system. The act shall become effective January 1, 2014. (See also Workers Compensation Law

SS/SCS/SB 129 – Establishes the Volunteer Health Services Act which allows a licensed health care provider to provide volunteer professional health care services for a sponsoring organization. 

Any health care provider volunteering his or her services shall not be liable for any civil damages for any act or omission resulting from his or her service unless there was gross deviation from the ordinary standard of care or willful misconduct. “Gross deviation” is defined as the conscious disregard for the safety of others. (Vetoed 7/3/13) 

HCS/SCS/SB 186 – A funeral establishment, coroner, or veterans’ service organization shall not be liable for actions stemming from final disposition of certain remains when the establishment has followed proper notification procedures. (Signed 7/10/13) 

CCS#2/HCS/SB 330 – Currently, members of the Missouri State Board of Chiropractic Examiners are not held personally liable for acts committed in performance of official duties as boards members, except in cases of gross negligence. This act repeals the gross negligence exception. (See also Licensing Law

SS/HB 331 – Establishes immunity from a cause of action for any telecommunications carrier or other communications service for providing any information, facilities, or assistance to a law official or agency in response to requests made under the circumstances of an emergency situation. (See also Utilities Law

HB 339 – The terms of this act, uninsured motorists forfeit their ability to collect noneconomic damage from insured motorists due to motor vehicle accidents in which the insured motorists are alleged to be at fault. (See Insurance Law)