Juror Misconduct Warrants New Trial In Birth Injury Suit

I was trying a Georgia med-mal case involving an infant with injuries caused by hydrocephaly when a juror brought a medical textbook into the jury room on the first day of trial. The Court discharged that juror the day it happened. This Tennessee case is like that except nobody noticed until it was too late. […]

Jury Awards $30M To Family Of 23-Year-Old Who Died From Ulcer

You don’t often hear about the frivolous and stubborn defenses that anger juries. David Dickey, who represents Hannah Waite’s parents, told Law360 on Friday that he proposed settlements of $250,000 to each doctor, but the defense refused and made no offers of their own. Read more at: https://www.law360.com/personal-injury-medical-malpractice/articles/1803831?nl_pk=029cff45-637f-44e3-babf-75563f8e0bfd&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=personal-injury-medical-malpractice&utm_content=2024-02-20&read_main=1&nlsidx=0&nlaidx=0?copied=1

Talk about an understatement …

I could – and do – tell a lot of stories about this. Over thirty years of working for and against large health care and insurance institutions – and expert witnesses responsible for the education of young doctors in training – makes me appreciate (immensely) professional efforts like this. Health law plays a crucial role […]

A follow-up on the Maya trial and verdict.

A follow-up on the Maya trial and verdict. A Florida state court judge denied Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital’s bid for a new trial in the case of Maya Kowalski, the person at the center of the Netflix documentary “Take Care of Maya,” after finding no misconduct from the jury foreperson following an interview Wednesday. […]

This Privilege Ruling Reminds Me Of Our Charles v. Baptist Hospital Case

Hospitals try to conceal every report of adverse incidents, even when they know better. I litigated this issue here in Florida successfully. Here is the link to that story: Charles v. Baptist – A Landmark Decision. In this Pennsylvania case, things were a little more clear. Central to the appeal is text of the MCARE Act […]

A major victory for Maya’s family, their lawyers, and patients everywhere. I cannot overstate how impressive this work is under difficult circumstances.

A Florida jury tacked on $50 million in punitive damages to a roughly $211 million award to the family of Maya Kowalski, the child at the center of the Netflix documentary “Take Care of Maya,” against Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital for mistreating Maya to the point that her mother took her own life. Read […]

I Was Afraid This Would Happen

An overlooked aspect of personal injury claims is the stress associated with the litigation, including opening up discovery to the other side and awkward encounters with treaters who are somewhere on the spectrum between skeptical or suspicious and hostile. Especially in serious cases, where the victim constantly in the care of medical professionals. As I […]

Defective Knee Replacements

I successfully litigated a product liability case involving a Depuy knee implant and the surgeon who placed it. This recent verdict involves a different type of defect and a slightly different model. But the lesson remains true as always: medical malpractice cases are difficult, especially when mixed with product liability issues. Choose your lawyer carefully. […]

Peer Review Privilege is Boken: we’re going to keep chipping away state by state

#QualityFraud A Pennsylvania appellate court’s recent ruling makes clear that a hospital’s internal documents are generally considered fair game for discovery in medical malpractice suits and the onus is on health care providers to prove otherwise, experts said. Read more at: https://www.law360.com/personal-injury-medical-malpractice/articles/1723936?nl_pk=029cff45-637f-44e3-babf-75563f8e0bfd&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=personal-injury-medical-malpractice&utm_content=2023-09-21&read_main=1&nlsidx=0&nlaidx=0?copied=1

Med Mal Presuit Rules Can Be A Trap

Many states, like Florida, have presuit rules for medical malpractice cases, passed at the urging of lobbies that represent insurance companies and hospital systems. These rules differ from state to state but generally make filing suit more difficult by setting up a series of procedures your lawyer has to follow. Unsurprisingly, almost every case involves […]