The focus of this article is the use of periodic payment plans generally as a remedy to the medical malpractice crisis. A complete understanding of the periodic payment judgment, however, is impossible without an exploration of the general common law treatment of personal injury and medical malpractice awards. Once the historical background is established, this article will examine Ohio's new statute in light of the Model Periodic Payment of Judgments Act and the law existing in other jurisdictions. This article will also analyze the advantages of the periodic payment and its viability as a solution for the medical malpractice crisis.

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