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Avoid the “related medical specialty” trap…

The “related specialty” trap is prevalent in the medical-legal world.  Plaintiffs often claim that various medical specialties communicate with one another regularly; therefore, they are in “related fields of health care” as required by Maryland law – even if they are …

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Nurse Deposed? Here’s Our Rx for Your RN.

Mr. Smith developed a decubitus ulcer while hospitalized.  The first witness plaintiff wants to depose is Nurse Brown.  Why?  Because plaintiffs’ lawyers think nurses give them the most useful/damaging testimony. Nurses are thought to be good witnesses for plaintiffs for …

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Is Your High Profile Doctor at Risk?

A powerful strategy: Worried about a big damage award against your high profile defendant doctor?  Do you fear a multimillion dollar verdict and a media hailstorm to boot?  How do you protect your client and eliminate those worries? We have …

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How do you reduce Plaintiff’s damage claim to zero?

Bifurcate. We’ve all had a case where Plaintiff claims catastrophic, lifetime injuries.  In a recent case, Plaintiff designated 7 damage experts to opine he was permanently disabled and required constant supervision.  The defense identified 7 experts to counter each issue …

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Trial outside the courtroom…

“I just can’t get through a 2-week medical malpractice trial in Baltimore City,”explained Dr. Smith, the almost-retired defendant doctor, busy caring for his ill spouse.  “I just don’t have the emotional wherewithal to handle a long trial!” What now?  Dr. …