Director of State Courts

Medical Mediation Panels

Medical Mediation Panels provide an objective assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of a medical malpractice claim. By law, all medical malpractice claims must go through this process before they can proceed to court. Each panel consists of a lawyer, a health care provider, and a layperson. The early neutral evaluation they provide can reduce litigation costs by identifying claims without merit as early as possible and by expediting the resolution of those claims that do have merit.

The Medical Mediation Panels were created by the Legislature in 1986 in an effort to provide "an informal, inexpensive and expedient means for resolving medical malpractice disputes without litigation," Wis. Stat. § 655.42(1). Although referred to in the legislation as "mediation," the work of the panels is more accurately described as "early neutral evaluation."

Contact information

Medical Mediation Panels
Randy Sproule, Director
110 East Main Street, Suite 400
Madison, WI 53703-3356
Phone: (608) 266-7711
Fax: (608) 261-2352

How medical mediation works

As prescribed by the Legislature, medical mediation:

Medical mediation requests

Requests for mediation may be filed prior to, or within 15 days of, the commencement of a court action. In 1998, 305 requests were filed. They broke down as follows:

Case settlements

From 1986 to 1994, in cases where the request for mediation was filed prior to the commencement of a court action:

From 1986 to 1995, in cases where the request for mediation was filed in conjunction with a court action:

In cases where the claimant sought $25,000 or less (regardless of whether the request for mediation was filed prior to, or in conjunction with, a court action), the results are as follows: