A measure signed into law in Kentucky this past week would prevent federally-certified radiologists from judging X-rays in state black lung compensation claims, leaving diagnoses of the disease mostly to physicians who typically work for coal companies.
This is outrageous. Whether a person should be allowed to appear as an expert in a case should be left to the application of the rules of procedure and evidence. What the legislature has done here is simply interfere with the process in order to favor defendants.
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