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By Andrew Delaney
A medical malpractice complaint generally requires a certificate of merit. You might think this isn’t a big deal. After all, it’s just a one-pager (or so) that says the lawyer or plaintiff has consulted with a medical expert and the medical expert has said the case has merit. But, it’s a big old deal. We’ve written about it before. If you do any medical malpractice work, memorize this statute, boys and girls. It may just save you from very uncomfortable conversations with your client and your malpractice carrier.
So, in this case, Mr. Quinlan’s wife, Lincy Sullivan, went to see a physician’s assistant on October 21, 2014. She had shortness of breath, leg pain, and chest pain. The PA concluded that it was allergies, prescribed an inhaler, and sent Ms. Sullivan home. She died three days later from a blood clot in her lung.
Mr. Quinlan hired an attorney. The attorney consulted with a PA and the PA wrote an opinion letter opining that the defendant’s treatment of Ms. Sullivan didn’t meet the standard of care on a number of levels. That letter and Ms. Sullivan’s records were provided to the defendants pre-suit.