This article states that a claimant and health care provider may jointly submit a personal injury or wrongful death dispute to arbitration. Parties select an arbitrator by agreement or, if an agreement cannot be reached, may choose from a list of emergency superior court judges who have agreed to serve as arbitrators. The arbitrator must submit a decision within 14 days of the hearing. The article addresses issues of discovery, time limitations for the process and awards.
North Carolina General Statutes 90-21.60, et seq: Voluntary Arbitration of Negligent Health Care ClaimsNorth Carolina General Assembly. North Carolina General Statutes, Jan. 1, 2008