West Section Agrees with Med Mal Plaintiff that Locality Rule was Misapplied--Then Finds Harmless Error

BRITTANY EVANS, By and Through Her Attorney-in-Fact, MARY EVANS, Her Natural Mother v. JENNIFER WILLIAMS, ET AL.

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys:
Euel W. Kinsey, Detroit, Michigan, for the appellant, Mary Evans.
Dixie W. Cooper and Chris Tardio, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellees, Jennifer Williams and James L. Williams, II

Judge: FARMER

This is a health care liability action appeal.1 The case was tried before a jury, resulting in a judgment for the defendant physicians. The trial court excluded the testimony of one of the plaintiff’s expert witnesses on the applicable standard of care after finding that he was not qualified under the locality rule. The plaintiff appealed to this Court arguing, among other things, that the trial court erred in its application of the locality rule. We hold that it was error for the trial court to exclude the witness, but find that any error was harmless under the facts of this case. We therefore affirm.

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