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Appellate Court Notes

AC35659 - Ceferatti v. Aranow - In this med mal case the Appellate Court held that leaving a sponge in the patient did not toll the SOL under the continuing course of conduct theory so as to avoid SJ in favor of the...more

Your Deposition: What to Expect [Video]

Depositions sound intimidating to any lay person involved in a civil lawsuit. Whether the case is about a personal injury, a commercial dispute, an employment issue or any other kind of claim that winds up in civil court,...more

“Uncollectibility” Is an Affirmative Defense to Legal Malpractice Claims in Washington

The Washington Supreme Court addressed two issues of first impression regarding legal malpractice claims in Schmidt v. Coogan, No. 88460-9, (October 9, 2014) and held: (1) that “uncollectibility” is an affirmative defense to...more

SCOVA Refuses to Incorporate Prior Discovery Rulings from Previous Non-suited Action

In Temple v. Mary Washington Hospital, Inc., et al., Record No. 131754 (Sept. 12, 2014), the Supreme Court of Virginia opined on an obscure, yet significant, issue related to the common practice of incorporating discovery by...more

High Court hears appeal on hospital’s duty of care to man murdered by mental health patient

Last week, the High Court of Australia heard argument in an appeal against the decision of McKenna v Hunter & New England Local Health District; Simon v Hunter & New England Local Health District [2013] NSWCA 476. The...more

Did the Federal Court Protect the Wrong Doctor?

Last week in a medical malpractice case in Alabama, a federal court denied the plaintiff’s motion to compel production by a hospital of the defendant doctor’s personnel file. The plaintiff believed that the file could show...more

Court Nixes Litigation Standards Set by Pathologists

What if a truck drivers' union tried to set standards for when juries could conclude that a driver was negligent in causing a motor vehicle wreck? Or what if a trucking company could defend its driver falling asleep at the...more

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

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