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Locality Rule in Tennessee: The Impact of the Shipley Decision - CD

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Locality Rule in Tennessee: The Impact of the Shipley Decision

Audio conference coming Tuesday, November 8
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Central
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Eastern


The locality rule in Tennessee requires that a plaintiff demonstrate the recognized standard of acceptable professional practice “in the community in which the defendant practices or in a similar community.”

What must the expert’s testimony demonstrate? Is the expert required to demonstrate “firsthand” and “direct knowledge” of a medical community and the appropriate standard of medical care there in order to qualify as competent to testify? Is medical testimony regarding a regional standard or a national standard barred?

Get the answers to these questions and more by participating in the all-new audio conference from the publisher of Tennessee Attorneys Memo Locality Rule in Tennessee: The Impact of the Shipley Decision.

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Your audio conference presenter, attorney Rebecca Blair, will discuss the impact of the Shipley Decision on the locality rule in Tennessee, so you can best serve your clients.


Audio Conference Learning Take-Aways:

  • Background of the locality rule
  • Review of prior case law
  • Requirements of TCA 29-26-115(a) and (b)
  • Requirements of TRE 702 and 703
  • Court’s role as gatekeeper
  • Proving an expert’s familiarity with the medical community in which the defendant practices or a "similar community"
  • "Personal, firsthand, direct knowledge" standard
  • National standard

 

 

Your Audio Conference Presenter

Attorney Rebecca Blair has 15 years experience fighting for the rights of her clients in the courtroom.  Prior to founding The Blair Law Firm, Rebecca Blair practiced at one of Tennessee's largest law firms, focusing on complex litigation cases. Immediately before founding The Blair Law Firm, Ms. Blair was a named partner at Day & Blair, a premier Tennessee boutique law firm known for high-quality work in catastrophic injury and complex litigation.


 

 

Locality Rule in Tennessee: The Impact of the Shipley Decision

Presented by Rebecca Blair, attorney with The Blair Law Firm.

Audio conference coming Tuesday, November 8
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Central
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Eastern

If you represent plaintiffs or defend doctors or other medical providers in medical malpractice cases, it's critical that you thoroughly understand the applicable standards that courts use in determining whether a medical expert is qualified to testify as an expert witness.

The application of the locality rule by Tennessee courts has been difficult and not entirely consistent. In 2003, an appellate court wrote, "Few areas of the American Jurisprudence have been more challenging through the years than the development of the standard of care applicable in medical malpractice cases."

The locality rule requires that the plaintiff demonstrate the recognized standard of acceptable professional practice "in the community in which the defendant practices or in a similar community." What must the expert’s testimony demonstrate? Is the expert required to demonstrate “firsthand” and “direct knowledge” of a medical community and the appropriate standard of medical care there in order to qualify as competent to testify? Is medical testimony regarding a regional standard or a national standard barred?

Get the answers to these questions and more by participating in the timely audio conference discussing the Shipley decision and its impact on the locality rule in Tennessee.

In just one hour, from the comfort of your office, you'll learn:

  • Background of the locality rule
  • Review of prior case law
  • Requirements of TCA 29-26-115(a) and (b)
  • Requirements of TRE 702 and 703
  • Court’s role as gatekeeper
  • Proving an expert’s familiarity with the medical community in which the defendant practices or a "similar community"
  • "Personal, firsthand, direct knowledge" standard
  • National standard
     

Register now for this must-attend event risk free, and get up-to-date on the new locality rule requirements in Tennessee.

 

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