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Appellate Court Notes

SC18942, SC18993, SC18994 - Perry v. Perry - Attorney appointed for a minor child cannot appeal the trial court’s award of only a portion of her fees w/o trial court permission. But that same attorney has personal...more

Florida High Court Poised to Clarify Harmless Error Standard in Civil Appeals

On June 20, 2012, the Florida Supreme Court accepted review of a Fourth District Court of Appeal case that certified the following question of great public importance: “In a civil appeal, shall error be held harmless where it...more

Florida High Court Poised to Clarify Harmless Error Standard in Civil Appeals

On June 20, 2012, the Florida Supreme Court accepted review of a Fourth District Court of Appeal case that certified the following question of great public importance: “In a civil appeal, shall error be held harmless where it...more

Torts – Standard for Elder Abuse v. Professional Negligence

Gregory Worsham v. O’Connor Hospital, et. al. - Court of Appeal, Sixth District (May 20, 2014) - The Elder Abuse Act (“Act”) does not apply to simple or gross negligence by health care providers. This case...more

Claim Against Solicitors Summarily Dismissed by Reason of Advocate's Immunity

Advocate's immunity is a valuable defence for solicitors and barristers preventing the re-litigation of disputes by disgruntled litigants. The recent decision of Stillman v Rushbourne [2014] NSWSC, in which we acted for the...more

Appellate Court Notes

SC18961 - Robbins v. Physicians for Women's Health, LLC - The plaintiff filed this medical malpractice against a hospital, the doctor, the midwife, and the company (“PWH”) that bought the assets of the hospital after...more

Is the Error of Judgment Defense Still Available in Suicide Cases?

Are courts becoming more liberal with the standards by which physicians are judged in failing to prevent suicides? Traditionally, the professional judgment rule has been used by psychiatrists and other physicians as a...more

Health Alert (Australia) - 28 April 2014

In This Issue: Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. Except from Judgments: 24 March 2014 - Tasmanian Board of the Medical Board of Australia v Dr David Edis (Ref No 4/2013) [2014] TASHPT 1 - This was an...more

Argument Report: Illinois Supreme Court Likely to Find Wrongful Death Lawyer Owes Duty to Next of Kin

Based upon the especially heavy questioning directed at the appellant during the recent oral argument in Estate of Powell v. John C. Wunsch, P.C., the Illinois Supreme Court seems to be contemplating holding that counsel who...more

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

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

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