21 Feb Virginia: Medical Malpractice – a Lawyer’s Pediatrician
On February 22, 2018, the Virginia Supreme Court issued Holt v. Chalmeta, No. 161230, reversing and remanding grant of summary judgment in a medical malpractice case involving brain injury allegedly caused by the newborn’s pediatrician. “[T] circuit court abused its discretion in refusing to qualify [plaintiff’s medical] expert witness because there was evidence that she satisfied both the knowledge and active clinical practice requirements of Code §8.01-58l.20.” Id. at 15. Significantly, Holt apparently loosens the requirements for standard of care experts under Virginia’s Medical Malpractice Act.