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Eighth Circuit Affirms Disclaimer Based on Patient Bodily Injury Exclusion

In its recent decision in Volk v. Ace Am. Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 6570 (8th Cir. Apr. 10, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, applying Minnesota law, had occasion to consider the...more

Illinois Supreme Court Defines "Good Samaritan" in Medical Malpractice Case

Nearly every state has some variation on a "Good Samaritan" law. In Illinois, the statute says that any licensed medical professional "who, in good faith, provides emergency care without fee to a person, shall not, as a...more

Appellate Court Notes: Week of March 10

SC19095 - Edgerton v. Clinton / SC19095 Dissent - Edgerton v. Clinton - Town appealed a $12 million jury verdict when a volunteer fire fighter was sideswiped and then took off after the offending vehicle. He relayed to...more

Potential Liability for Wrongful-Birth Claims

On Nov. 14, 2012, in Sernovitz v. Dershaw, 2012 Pa. Super. 248 (Pa. Super. Ct. 2012), the Pennsylvania Superior Court held that 42 Pa.S.C.A. § 8305, which prohibited the tort claims of wrongful birth and wrongful life, was...more

Medical Malpractice Liability: Kazakhstan Law and Practice

Liability for medical malpractice in Kazakhstan remains poorly regulated. The Kazakhstan healthcare system has recently undergone a crucial transformation, with pending reforms designed to improve the quality of...more

Florida Appellate Court Construes Term "Legal Relationship" in Med-Mal Presuit Screening Rule

On January 3, 2014, Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal held, in a case of first impression, that a medical malpractice plaintiff’s direct notice to a medical provider of its intent to sue would also operate as notice...more

Washington Supreme Court Limits Attorney-Client Communications with Employed Health Care Practitioners

Last week's decision by the Washington Supreme Court in Youngs v. PeaceHealth has significant implications for health care providers that employ physicians (or other health care practitioners) and the attorneys who represent...more

First Circuit Unable To Release Unsuspecting Victim Snared In Jurisdictional Trap

I would put the odds of a first-year law student getting through the first week of law school without hearing the phrase “trap for the unwary” at something south of 0%. Today’s post involves a decision highlighting a statute...more

Weekly Law Resume - Torts – Conflict Representing Client’s Employee at Deposition

Michael Yanez v. Brian Plummer - California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District (November 5, 2013)- After a defendant’s employee was fired for providing deposition testimony different from statements provided...more

Florida High Court to Examine Retroactive Application of Noneconomic Damages Cap in Med Mal Cases

On October 15, 2013, the Florida Supreme Court accepted review of a case to decide whether the retroactive application of the cap on noneconomic damages for certain medical malpractice cases found in section 766.118, Florida...more

Florida Supreme Court Poised Again to Clarify the Scope of the Discovery of Records of Adverse Medical Incidents

The Florida Supreme Court has accepted review of the Third District’s decision in Ampuero-Martinez v. Cedars Healthcare Group, 88 So. 3d 190 (Fla. 3d DCA 2000), (Case Nos. SC11-2208 and SC11-2336), which will decide when the...more

Florida High Court to Clarify Content of Pre-Suit Expert Affidavits in Medical Malpractice Cases

Florida has established a statutory framework for the pre-suit investigation of medical malpractice cases. See §766.201-.212, Fla. Stat. Part of that framework requires that a claimant, prior to noticing its intent to...more

Indiana Supreme Court Weighs In on Medical Malpractice Filing Deadline

This week we talk about the Indiana Supreme Court decision Miller v. Dobbs that held, for purposes of the statute of limitations, that a medical malpractice action is filed with the Department of Insurance when the complaint...more

Oklahoma Supreme Court Throws Out Onerous Requirement In Medical Malpractice Cases

In a companion case to Douglas v. Cox Retirement Properties, Inc., the Oklahoma Supreme Court threw out the requirement that a plaintiff must file an expert’s affidavit at the time of filing suit for medical malpractice....more

Statute of Limitations Bars All Claims, Even the “Sympathetic” Ones

The North Carolina Court of Appeals sympathized with Plaintiff Dara Lynn Hackos but confirmed, again, that the statute of limitation is unyielding and applies in all cases, even ones with merit and sympathy. Dara Lynn Hackos...more

Plaintiff's Rights Regarding an Independent Medical Examination

When plaintiff receives a demand for a physical examination he or she have 20 days after the service of the demand to serve their response. More likely than not, plaintiff counsel is going to allow the plaintiff to submit to...more

Medical Malpractice Update - Spring 2013

I. 2013 Medical Malpractice Reform Legislation - In less than a month, the way medical malpractice cases are handled in Florida will change significantly....more

Oklahoma Supreme Court strikes down tort reform legislation passed in 2009

On June 4, 2013, the Oklahoma Supreme Court struck all statutes that were passed in 2009 as the Comprehensive Lawsuit Reform Act (CLRA), finding the statutes violate the Oklahoma Constitution. The court entered two decisions....more

Filing Indiana Med Mal Complaint via Third-Party Carrier Does Not Toll Statute of Limitations

In this installment we discuss the recent Indiana Court of Appeals decision Moryl v. Ransone, which addresses the impact on the statute of limitations of filing a medical malpractice claim with the Indiana Department of...more

Effective Use of Experts

The importance of expert opinion evidence in medical negligence litigation is well recognized. In Bafaro v. Dowd , Carpenter-Gunn J. states: Due to the specialized knowledge of the medical profession, expert evidence...more

What Time Limits Apply To Medical Malpractice Lawsuits?

If you suspect medical malpractice, taking prompt legal action is important because if you do not meet the deadline (statute of limitations) to file a lawsuit, you lose your right to sue. It is wise to consult medical...more

Appellate Notes: Week of April 1, 2013

In This Issue: - AC33703 - Sigular v. Gilson - AC33557 - Filippelli v. Saint Mary’s Hospital - AC34524 - Capel v. Plymouth Rock Assurance Corp. - AC34221 - Nichols v. The Milford Pediatric...more

Myth: San Diego Medical Malpractice Victims Always Have Three Years to File a Claim

The truth is, you may have significantly less time than you think to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. If you believe you are the victim of medical malpractice, the clock is ticking. If a claim is filed after the statute of...more

Shot Down by the Gunn: The Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Leaving Malpractice Cases Involving Underlying Patent Issues with State...

On February 20, 2013, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in the case of Gunn v. Minton. The heart of this matter is whether the state-based malpractice action based upon an underlying patent infringement lawsuit may be...more

Medical Malpractice: Defining The Standard Of Care In Oklahoma

"Standard of care" is a critical legal yardstick used in medical malpractice litigation to determine responsibility – or lack of responsibility – on the part of a medical practitioner for negative medical outcomes. The...more

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