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States with Apology Laws

Thirty-six states have “apology laws” which prohibit certain statements, expressions, or other evidence related to disclosure from being admissible in a lawsuit.  Most states simply cover expressions of empathy or sympathy, while a few states go further and protect admissions of fault.  Contact your attorney for a correct interpretation of your state’s statutes.

However, keep this in mind:  You don’t need an apology law to practice disclosure.   Some of the best disclosure programs in the country were started in states with no apology laws, or currently operate in states with no apology laws.   Think about it:  Empathize post-event but don’t admit fault until the review is complete.   Never gets you in trouble.   Moreover, the evidence you create during disclosure is often valuable to you in the courtroom.  Countless defense attorneys have commented that they never use “apology laws” because the “sorry” humanizes their clients – while PI lawyers often say they want no mention of “sorry” in the courtroom. 

So, if your state has no apology law, no problem  -- continue forward with your disclosure efforts.  If your state has an apology law, pay more attention to the details of the disclosure program operated by your hospital or insurance (than the apology law).

More information on how to develop your disclosure program (with or without an apology law) be sure to contact Sorry Works! Founder Doug Wojcieszak at 618-559-8168 or doug@sorryworks.net . 

States with Apology Laws:

Arizona
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Iowa
Indiana
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
New Hampshire
New Jersey
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wyoming




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