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Critical Events in a Medical Malpractice Case: From Initial Client Interview Through Trial

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  • Description

    The successful development of a Medical Malpractice claim begins even before a single form is filed. Attorneys must be on the look-out for cases that can be resolved, and learn to avoid those that cannot be settled. Everything from the initial interview through the trial must be carefully evaluated and orchestrated the selection of an expert, discovery matters, objections, direct and cross examination of witnesses, selection and presentation of evidence, hearsay, openings and closings. All of these issues will be reviewed in this expansive CLE course to be recorded before a "live" audience with interaction between the presenter and viewers. The course will also review the most common fact patterns of medical negligence cases, and their potential for successful resolution, medical research that any lawyer can perform, the defendant's deposition as the key to settlement, strategic direct and cross examination of experts, tips for openings and closings and overcoming jury perspective of the burden of proof.

    Topics covered include:

    • initial client interview - the importance of obtaining a full narrative
    • finding and selecting appropriate experts
    • medical research that any lawyer can perform
    • the Defendant's deposition - the key to settlement
    • direct and cross examination of experts
    • openings and closings - important elements
    • overcoming jury perspective of the burden of proof

    In addition, the most common fact patterns of medical negligence cases, and their potential for successful resolution will be highlighted.

  • Instructor Bio

    Gary Lang

    Gary Lang works primarily with individuals, as a litigator and counselor, in Medical Malpractice, Professional Negligence, Personal Injury, and Product Liability Cases. Enjoying the intellectual challenge of this field, Gary has been instrumental in changing several major hospital policies. Gary has been with the firm since 1983, and is now a Senior Shareholder and Chair of the Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice Litigation Group.

    Gary strongly believes that attorneys should give back to their profession and to the community. In 2009, Gary was presented with an award by the Pennsylvania Bar Association, honoring Lang's long-time dedication to pro bono legal work with Protection from Abuse (PFA) cases. In 2000, Gary received an Achievement Award from the Allegheny County Bar Foundation also for his dedication to pro bono work with PFA cases. He is also Founding Member and Charter Member of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation, including the charitable arm of the Allegheny County Bar Association. In addition to serving on various civic boards, Gary has served as the President of the Council of the Borough of Pleasant Hills (1990-1995) and he is involved with the Board of Governors of Neighborhood Legal Services Association, a nationwide organization that serves the underprivileged.

    Gary earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government from the College of William and Mary and his Juris Doctor from Capital University. He is a former Chair of the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Bench-Bar Committee, and a member and former Director of the Board of the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County. Gary is also one of only approximately 2,500 nationwide attorneys certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Civil Trial Advocate. Gary is a frequent lecturer and author. He co-authored the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Civil Practice Manual and has been published in the Pennsylvania Bar Quarterly. He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, membership of which is restricted to lawyers who have received a verdict or settlement in excess of $1 million. Also, the publishers of Philadelphia Magazine have named him a "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer" for the past four years. An avid runner, Gary has completed 18 marathons in the past 20 years, including running the Pittsburgh Marathon 12 times.