The following blog entry is written from a defendant’s position as trial approaches. Reviewing this kind of briefing should help potential plaintiffs and clients better understand how parties present such issues to the court.
(Please note: the names and locations of all parties have been changed to protect the confidentiality of the participants in this medical malpractice/personal injury case and its proceedings.)
Approximately one year after his discharge, on or about August 31, 2007, plaintiff filed the instant lawsuit for medical negligence and failure to inform against several defendant, including Dr. Lee. Specifically he claims that Dr. Lee assumed responsibility to locate and repair injuries caused by Dr. Green during the laparoscopic cholecystectomy on June 16, 2006, but failed to do so necessitating cardiac resuscitation and subsequent exploratory laparatomy and bowel repair surgeries.
The expert testimony of Dr. White refutes the suggestions that Dr. Lee’s treatment of plaintiff fell below the standard of care or that it caused any alleged injuries. Nevertheless, plaintiff has initiated this lawsuit against Dr. Lee, claiming damages according to proof at trial. In order to prevail on his claim for damages against Dr. Lee, he must demonstrate that the care and treatment rendered to him by Dr. Lee fell shy of the applicable standard of care.
Defendant Dr. Lee brings this motion on the following grounds:
1) The cause of action for medical negligence/failure to provide informed c onsent against this moving defendant lacks merit because the care and treatment rendered to Sean Black by vascular surgeon Dr. Lee was within the standard of care at all times.
2) The cause of action for medical negligence/ failure to provide informed consent against this moving defendant lacks merit because the care and treatment rendered to Sean Black by vascular surgeon Dr. Lee did not cause or contribute to his injuries. (See Part 5 of 8.)
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