VIVIAN KENNARD v. METHODIST HOSPITALS OF MEMPHIS a/k/a METHODIST HEALTHCARE MEMPHIS HOSPITALS, ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Apr 18, 2012

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Al H. Thomas, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Vivian Kennard.

Attorneys 2:

William D. Domico, Victoria S. Rowe, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellees, Methodist Hospitals of Memphis a/k/a Methodist Healthcare Memphis Hospitals, et al.

Judge(s): HIGHERS

Plaintiff filed a medical malpractice action against the Anesthesia Defendants, among others. Prior to trial, one of Plaintiff’s experts, Dr. McLaughlin, was excluded for failure to meet the requirements of the locality rule. Plaintiff proceeded to trial, and a jury verdict was rendered in favor of the Anesthesia Defendants. Plaintiff now appeals the expert’s exclusion and the subsequent jury verdict.

In light of our previous vacation of the order excluding Dr. McLaughlin in Kennard 2, we remand this case to the trial court for reconsideration of Dr. McLaughlin’s qualifications in light of Shipley. If the trial court determines that Dr. McLaughlin meets the requirements of the locality rule, as set forth in Shipley, it shall then consider whether he, as an OB-GYN, may testify against the Anesthesia Defendants. Finally, if the trial court determines that Dr. McLaughlin is competent to testify, it shall then determine whether his erroneous exclusion warrants a setting aside of the jury verdict rendered in favor of the Anesthesia Defendants.

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