Health Law Keyed to Furrow
Hall v. Hilbun
Hall's (Plaintiff) wife had surgery performed for lower digestive tract blockage. Dr. Hilbun (Defendant) was the surgeon. After the procedure, while Plaintiff's wife was in the recovery room, Defendant retired for the evening. He did not leave any particular instructions for the nurses. Meanwhile, Plaintiff's wife was moved to a private room. About 14 hours later, she died from cardiopulmonary failure. Plaintiff brought suit claiming medical malpractice and wrongful death. At trial, Plaintiff tried to introduce the testimony of Dr. Hoerr, a retired Cleveland doctor. On the grounds that Dr. Hoerr was unfamiliar with local standards, the trial court excluded much of his testimony. The same thing happened with another expert witness, Dr. Sachs. When the trial concluded, the court entered a directed defense verdict. Plaintiff appealed.
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