• Polis et al. v. Ling et al.

    Publication Date: 2018-07-12
    Practice Area: Civil Procedure | Medical Malpractice
    Industry: Health Care
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge McFadden
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Eric Ripper (Ripper Law Firm PC), Atlanta; Scott Zahler (Goetz Zahler LLC), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Matthew Alford (Willis McKenzie LLP), Lagrange, for appellee.

    Case Number: A18A0808

    Medical Malpractice Action Was Filed More Than Two Years After Latest Possible Misdiagnosis

  • Holmes et al. v. Lyons et al.

    Publication Date: 2018-06-29
    Practice Area: Health Care Law | Medical Malpractice | Personal Injury
    Industry: Health Care
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Phipps
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: William Bird, Paul Hotchkiss (Bird Law Group PC), Atlanta; Irwin Ellerin (Ellerin Law Firm), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Francesca Townsend, Daniel Huff, Trevor Newberry (Huff Power & Bailey LLC), Atlanta; Ashley Purcell, Kristen Rajagopal, Annalese Herndon (Hall Booth Smith PC), Atlanta, for appellee. Paul Reynolds, Atlanta; M. Reynolds (Houck Reynolds LLC), Atlanta, for amicus curiae.

    Case Number: A18A0277

    Medical Malpractice Plaintiff Stated Claim That Surgeon's Failure to Disclose His Numerous Physical Infirmities Caused Preventable Injuries

  • Cruz Pico et al. v. Brady

    Publication Date: 2018-06-20
    Practice Area: Civil Procedure | Medical Malpractice
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Reese
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Julye Johns, Emaly Arndt (Huff Powell & Bailey LLC), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Christopher McClurg (Attorney at Law), Lawrenceville, for appellee.

    Case Number: A18A0189

    The trial court properly denied defendants' motion to dismiss plaintiff's medical malpractice action because plaintiff did not "retain" counsel more than 90 days prior to the expiration of the period of limitation and she was thus entitled to invoke the 45-day extension of time to file an expert affidavit.

  • Jordan v. Everson et al.

    Publication Date: 2018-05-10
    Practice Area: Civil Appeals | Medical Malpractice
    Industry: Health Care
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge McFadden
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Eric Frisch, Claire Sumner (Carlock Copeland & Stair LLP), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Neal Howard (Neal H. Howard & Associates PC), Columbus; Simon Weinstein (Attorney at Law), Atlanta, for appellee. Carl Langley (Attorney at Law), Albany, for other party.

    Case Number: A16A1710

    The Court of Appeals erred in holding that an independent, intervening act breaks the chain of causation in a wrongful death case only to the extent that the independent, intervening act is wrongful or negligent; rather, the act only has to be reasonably foreseeable by the alleged tortfeasor or triggered by his conduct.

  • Evans et al. v. Rockdale Hospital, LLC

    Publication Date: 2018-05-08
    Practice Area: Damages | Medical Malpractice
    Industry: Health Care
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Barnes
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Lloyd Bell (Bell Law Firm), Atlanta; Sidney Moore (The Moore Law Firm PC), Atlanta; James Wilson (Attorney at Law), Marietta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Sharonda Boyce, Daniel Huff, Randolph Powell (Huff Powell Bailey LLC), Atlanta, for appellee. Heather McGrotty (Weathington Mgrew PC), Atlanta; Paul Weathington (Weathington Smith), Atlanta, for other party.

    Case Number: A18A0233

    The trial court erred in denying plaintiffs' motion for additur or, alternatively, for a new trial on damages, because the jurys award of zero damages for medical malpractice plaintiff's past pain and suffering rendered the award of damages so clearly inadequate under a preponderance of the evidence as to shock the conscience and necessitate a new trial under O.C.G.A. § 51-12-12 (b).

  • Southeastern Pain Specialists, P.C. v. Brown et al.

    Publication Date: 2018-04-11
    Practice Area: Civil Procedure | Medical Malpractice
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Peterson
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: William Curtis Anderson (Downey & Cleveland LLP), Marietta, for appellant.
    for defendant: James Nicholas Sadd, Daniel Marshall Epstein, Edward Malcum Wynn III (Slappey & Sadd LLC), Atlanta; John E. Hall Jr., Nichole Lee Hair (Hall Booth Smith P.C.), Atlanta; Frank Mitchell Lowrey IV, Robert Lawrence Ashe III (Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, LLP), Atlanta; David Frank Root (Carlock, Copeland & Stair, LLP), Neil Edwards (Attorney at Law), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S17G0732

    The Court of Appeals erred in finding that an ordinary negligence instruction was authorized by evidence that a doctor defendant responded inadequately to medical data provided by certain medical equipment during a medical procedure and thus erred in affirming a nearly $22 million award following the trial court's erroneous jury instruction on ordinary negligence.

  • MacDowell v. Gallant et al.

    Publication Date: 2018-04-10
    Practice Area: Civil Procedure | Health Care Law | Medical Malpractice
    Industry: Health Care
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Barnes
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Curtis Thurston (Attorney at Law), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Alexandra Higgins (Attorney at Law), Peachtree Corners, for appellee.

    Case Number: A17A1864

    Time For Filing Dental Malpractice Action Remained Tolled After Patient Consulted Second Dentist Who Had Provided Services to Patient Jointly With Defendant

  • St. Marys Health Care System, Inc. v. Roach et al.

    Publication Date: 2018-04-10
    Practice Area: Health Care Law | Medical Malpractice | Personal Injury
    Industry: Health Care
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Reese
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Michael Bailey, Leslie Cline, Bailey Sabulis (Huff, Powell & Bailey, LLC), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: J. Cook (Cook, Noell, Tolley, Bates & Michael), Athens; Robert Irwin (Cook Noell, Tolley & Bates, LLP), Athens, for appellee. James Brim (Forrester & Brim, LLP), for other party.

    Case Number: A17A1582

    Emergency Room Physician's Decision Not to Ask On-Call Radiologist to Review X-Ray Sounded in Professional Negligence as to the Hospital

  • Swallows et al. v. Adams-Pickett et al.

    Publication Date: 2018-03-30
    Practice Area: Civil Procedure | Health Care Law | Medical Malpractice
    Industry: Health Care
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Mercier
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Charles Cork (Attorney at Law), Decatur; Sam Nicholson (Nicholson Revell LLP), Augusta; Scott Eldredge (Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.), Englewood, for appellant.
    for defendant: Thomas Tucker, Thomas Tucker (Tucker Long, P.C.), Augusta; David Johnson, Kevin Race, Kristin Malcolm (Insley & Race, LLC), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A17A1517

    Longer Limitations Period For Medical Malpractice Actions IS Available to Minors Under Five But Not To Claims Made By Minors' Parents

  • Roberts et al. v. Quick Rx Drugs, Inc.

    Publication Date: 2017-11-30
    Practice Area: Civil Procedure | Medical Malpractice
    Industry: Retail
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge McMillian
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: N/a
    for defendant: N/a

    Case Number: A17A0736

    The trial court properly granted partial summary judgment to pharmacy in plaintiffs' suit for professional negligence/malpractice and punitive damages after the pharmacy gave the plaintiff the wrong medication, allegedly resulting in a fall.