Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Teleseminar Held on Barrick v. Holy Spirit Hospital

On October 19, 2010, I participated, as the defense perspective, in the Pennsylvania Association for Justice's teleseminar on the recent expert discovery decision of Barrick v. Holy Spirit Hospital. The panel of presenters also included Attorneys Scott Cooper, William Roeger, and Veronica Richards.

We provided a case analysis along with the plaintiff and defense perspectives on how this decision will impact civil litigation matters, particularly on the issue of the discoverability of written communications from counsel, plaintiff or defense, to that party's experts, whether they be a medical expert, a liability expert, or an economic expert. Tips were also provided on how to address correspondence to experts in the most neutral fashion possible given that the letters or emails are now discoverable.

By way of a status report on the case, the Petition for Re-Argument en banc before the Pennsylvania Superior Court filed by the Plaintiff's side is still pending. I will let you know when a decision comes down in that regard.

In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions regarding this decision or how to handle it in your practice in dealing with experts from this point forward. I can be reached at dancummins@comcast.net.

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