Medical Malpractice: The Big Picture

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Course Description

This course was recorded on July 26th, 2017

This course will provide an overview of medical malpractice claims and litigation by distinguishing medical malpractice matters from other types of litigation, discussing the scope of medical malpractice in the United States, and highlighting the procedural basics of screening and presenting a claim.  The course will focus on unique aspects of medical malpractice cases, such as the need for medical expert testimony, the problem of establishing causation, and  restrictions on both economic and non-economic damages.  Finally, the program will discuss some potential trial strategies from both the standpoint of both the plaintiff and defendant.



  • Michael J. Trentalange
    Mr. Trentalange began his legal career with the Tampa office of Carlton Fields, one of Florida’s oldest and most respected law firms. In 1993, Mr. Trentalange started his own practice, specializing in the representation of Plaintiffs in civil litigation. In 2000, Mr. Trentalange and Elizabeth Kelley formed the current firm Trentalange & Kelley, P.A. Mr. Trentalange is Certified as a Specialist in Civil Trial Law by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education and the National Board of Trial Advocacy. His practice is focused on the reprsentation of individuals who have suffered serious and catastrophic injuries. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Florida Supreme Court, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the United States District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Florida.

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      • 2 General Credits
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    1.  Is this a Medical Malpractice case?
    2. Who is the defendant (State Employees, Sovereign Immunity, and Fed. Tort Claims Act)?
    3. Statute of Limitations Issues
    4. Presuit Requirements (Are there any)?’
    5. Who gets to talk to my client’s doctors without me (Ex parte interviews)?
    6. What is the medical record in the age of EMR?
    7. Finding an expert to review records
    8. Presuit resolution (Mandatory or Voluntary ADR)
    9. Filing the claim (Federal or State Court and the merits of each)
    10. Paper Discovery
    11. Deposing the Defendant Doctor
    12. Deposing the Patient or the Patient’s Representative
    13. The nurses and allied health providers
    14. The Defense Expert Witness  -- Standard of Care
    15. The Defense Expert Witness – Causation
    16. The Plaintiff Expert Witness – Standard of Care
    17. The Plaintiff Expert Witness – Causation
    18. Damages: who gets what and when? Caps and periodic payments
    19. Miscellaneous issues on Appeal

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