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Liability Standard For Defects In Complex Medical Devices

Liability Standard For Defects In Complex Medical Devices

Medical Malpractice

In the case of Cavanaugh v. Stryker Corporation, Case Number 4D19-523 (Fla. 4th DCA October 7, 2020), Florida’s Fourth DCA held that complex medical devices are subject to a “risk utility test” as opposed to a “consumer expectations test” for product...

Temporary Immunity Provided For COVID-19 Medical Care

Temporary Immunity Provided For COVID-19 Medical Care

Medical Malpractice

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed by Congress and signed into law on March 27, 2020, provides temporary immunity regarding COVID-19 emergency treatment from volunteers. Volunteer Health Care Professionals Will Get Limited Immunity During...

Summary Judgment on Statute of Limitations for Medical Malpractice

Summary Judgment on Statute of Limitations for Medical Malpractice

Medical Malpractice

In the case of Misty Mobley and Tavaris Sanders v. Homestead Hospital, Inc., Case Number 3D18-895 (Fla. 3rd DCA December 26, 2019), Florida’s Third DCA held that contacting an attorney and requesting medical records pursuant to section 766.204, Fla. Stat. is not sufficient to...

Florida Medical Malpractice Arbitration Caps Upheld

Florida Medical Malpractice Arbitration Caps Upheld

Medical Malpractice

In the case of Taylor Poole, MD v. Deborah DeFranko, et al., Case Number 3D18-1809 (Fla. 3rd DCA December 18, 2019), Florida’s Third DCA held that Florida’s damage caps in medical malpractice arbitration and the sanction for failing to accept arbitration are...

Johns Hopkins Study Evaluates Medical Errors

Johns Hopkins Study Evaluates Medical Errors

Medical Malpractice

According to a press release from Johns Hopkins Medicine, medical errors are considered to be the third highest cause of death in the United States. The Study Patient safety experts with Johns Hopkins examined death records over an 8-year time frame and calculated that more...

Pre-Suit Affidavit From Same Medical Specialty Required

Pre-Suit Affidavit From Same Medical Specialty Required

Medical Malpractice

In the case of Michelle Davis as personal representative of the Estate of Sandra Dale Essex v. Michael A. Karr, M.D., et al, Case Number 5D18-149 (Fla. 5th DCA January 25, 2019), Florida’s Fifth DCA held that pre-suit affidavits from an emergency room physician, a radiologist,...

Prejudice Required To Dismiss For Pre-Suit Violation

Prejudice Required To Dismiss For Pre-Suit Violation

Medical Malpractice

In the case of Tuyuana Morris v. Orlando Muniz, M.D., Case Number SC16-931 (Fla. September 6, 2018), the Florida Supreme Court held a finding of prejudice is required in order for a trial judge to dismiss a medical malpractice action for an alleged Chapter 766 pre-suit...

Evidentiary Hearing Required To Dismiss For MM Pre-Suit Violation

Evidentiary Hearing Required To Dismiss For MM Pre-Suit Violation

Medical Malpractice

In the case of Osceola Regional Hospital v. Calzada, Case Number 5D17-4097 (Fla. 5th DCA July 6, 2018), Florida’s Fifth DCA reminded medical malpractice litigants that judges are required to hold an evidentiary hearing and make evidentiary findings in cases involving an alleged...

Florida’s “One Expert Per Specialty” Rule Explained

Florida’s “One Expert Per Specialty” Rule Explained

Medical Malpractice

The So-Called One Expert Per Specialty Rule The “one expert per specialty” rule was addressed in Gutierrez v. Vargas, SC15-1924 (March 22, 2018) by the Florida Supreme Court. What Happened in the Case Gutierrez (a minor child) brought a medical malpractice case against...

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