Update from our Health Law Practice Group:

In a medical malpractice case, a Plaintiff alleged that while she was being treated in the Emergency Room, a catheter tip broke off and became lodged in her arm. Crystal S. Deese of Jackson & Campbell represented a surgeon who advised against removing the broken tip. At trial, Plaintiff offered an emergency room physician to testify on the standard of care for IV placement. The defense moved to exclude Plaintiff’s expert because he lacked experience with this new catheter technology and had no basis for testifying about the surgical removal of a retained foreign object. The trial court excluded Plaintiff’s expert testimony. In an order issued on October 26, 2020, the appellate court affirmed in all respects, securing the surgeon’s defense verdict.