24 Mar Virginia: Medical Malpractice – A Lawyer’s Credentialing
By 10-page letter opinion on March 19, 2021, Chesapeake Circuit Court recognized Plaintiff patient’s direct liability negligence claim for negligent credentialing against Defendant hospital, regardless whether the offending surgeon was its employee or independent contractor; and rejected that the medical malpractice victim had to allege and prove “reasonable reliance” on the negligent credentialing as an element of proximate cause. The case is DuPuy-German v. Perwaiz, No. CL20-2667. Also, the Court denied Defendant’s Motion for Bill of Particulars as to Plaintiff’s catch-all allegation of negligence.