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Attorney Client Privilege Under Attack: Disclosing Defendant Physicians as 213(f)(3) Witnesses

An issue has arisen in the context of disclosing direct defendant physicians as 213(f)(3) witnesses. Certainly, a party fits under the plain language as 213(f)(1) and 213(f)(3). Recently, in Cook County, Plaintiff’s attorneys have sought discovery production of communication between direct defendant physicians who are disclosed as (f)(3) witnesses and his/her attorneys. The position that   Continue Reading »

Internal Quality Control Documents Granted Privilege in Med Mal Dispute

Hospitals face this issue on a regular basis: whether documents used for internal quality control review sessions are privileged.  In this particular medical malpractice lawsuit alleging wrongful death, the hospital asserted privilege, under the Medical Studies Act, to certain internal quality control documents requested in discovery. Overview: The decedent, while under general anesthesia, allegedly suffered   Continue Reading »

Using the Affordable Health Care Act to Mitigate Future Medical Damages

In personal injury cases, is there a defensible strategy to significantly reduce claims for future medical damages through application of the Affordable Care Act?  Time will certainly tell, but it does appear possible. In its simplest terms, the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) provides that all persons in the United States be afforded health insurance, regardless   Continue Reading »

Ransomware Attacks – Health Care Institutions an Emerging Target?

Several news media outlets are reporting a recent cyber-attack assault on Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.  According to authorities, the hospital was the victim of a cyber-attack on February 5 that locked the hospital out of its computer systems using ransomware to infect their network. According to reports in this case, the unknown   Continue Reading »

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