deposition preparation

15 Jun, 2022

Strict Liability of Hospitals Under EMTALA

2022-06-15T08:16:21-05:00June 15th, 2022|LDM MedMal Forum, Litigation Tips, Medical Malpractice, Midwest Medical Legal Advisor|

In 1986, Congress enacted the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (“EMTALA”), 42 U.S.C.S. § 395dd, which requires treatment of any person coming to an emergency department regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay.  This is commonly referred to as the “anti-dumping” law.  Although EMTALA is a federal regulation, hospitals and other healthcare facilities are subject to civil liability for EMTALA violations.  Thus, it is important for [...]

6 Jun, 2022

Billed v. Paid Medical Expenses: The Retail Price Isn’t Always the Fair and Reasonable Value of Medical Services

2022-06-06T08:31:55-05:00June 6th, 2022|LDM MedMal Forum, Litigation Tips, Medical Malpractice, Midwest Medical Legal Advisor|

In Nebraska, comparing what is charged in medical expenses to what was actually accepted as a complete payment of those medical expenses, including the patient deductible, is important in litigating every medical malpractice case. The measure of recovery for medical expenses is the reasonable value of the medical services rendered. Stanek v. Swierczek, 209 Neb. 357, 307 N.W.2d 807 (1981). Plaintiff's attorneys frequently cite a provision of Nebraska's hospital lien [...]

25 May, 2022

One Size Does Not Fit All – The Locality Rule in Nebraska

2022-05-25T16:00:26-05:00May 25th, 2022|LDM MedMal Forum, Litigation Tips, Medical Malpractice, Midwest Medical Legal Advisor|

As medical malpractice defense attorneys, we are often asked: Will the opposing party be able to find an expert to support what is believed to be a baseless claim of malpractice? We must respond that we do not know, but in the United States usually if you are willing to pay enough money, you can find an expert to say almost anything. There is a cottage industry of so-called expert [...]

9 May, 2022

Iowa’s Certificate of Merit Statute Has Teeth

2022-05-09T10:56:23-05:00May 9th, 2022|LDM MedMal Forum, Litigation Tips, Medical Malpractice, Midwest Medical Legal Advisor|

In 2017, Iowa enacted a statute that aimed to dismiss meritless medical malpractice actions early in the case.  The statute, Iowa Code § 147.140, requires that a plaintiff provide a certificate of merit signed by an expert within 60 days of the defendants’ answer.  The certificate must address the standard of care and the defendant’s alleged breach of that standard.  If the plaintiff fails to provide such a certificate, the [...]

4 May, 2022

Five Do’s and Don’ts of Deposition Preparation

2022-05-04T10:56:42-05:00May 4th, 2022|LDM MedMal Forum, Litigation Tips, Medical Malpractice, Midwest Medical Legal Advisor|

Giving a deposition is a form of communication that is usually completely foreign to health care providers.  The surgeon who is in complete control of her operating suite may find herself utterly lost in a conference room surrounded by attorneys.  Some physicians become old hands at giving depositions, but for newcomers to the arena, emphasizing a few do’s and don’ts can make the process easier: DO Spend the time it [...]

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