This included the possibility, according to Dr. Harris, that Mrs. Mohr may have had no disability if she had been properly treated. the hesitancy of the court to expand Herskovits to the facts of this case.  Mrs. Mohr has not sued Harborview or the doctors at Harborview. We do not know how often the case is followed, how often actions brought under it have been settled, or what cases were decided but not appealed. 339, 348, 3 P.3d 211 (2000); see Zueger v. Pub. It involves the “determination of whether liability should attach as a matter of law given the existence of cause in fact.” Hartley v. State, 103 Wash.2d 768, 779, 698 P.2d 77 (1985). To limit Herskovits to cases that result in death is arbitrary; the same underlying principles of deterring negligence and compensating for injury apply when the ultimate harm is permanent disability. jesse grantham, 46 summerville, SC. See Adamski, 20 Wash.App. Ctr., 166 Wash.2d 974, 988, 216 P.3d 374 (2009); Berger v. Sonneland, 144 Wash.2d 91, 110–11, 26 P.3d 257 (2001); Harris v. Robert C. Groth, M.D., Inc., 99 Wash.2d 438, 449, 663 P.2d 113 (1983). As one court mentioned, “society is wallowing near the water line with the burdensome and astronomical economic costs of universal healthcare and medical services.” Kemper v. Gordon, 272 S.W.3d 146, 152 (Ky.2008). of Puget Sound, 99 Wash.2d 609, 619, 664 P.2d 474 (1983) (Dore. From Free Law Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Filed: . at 15, 890 N.E.2d 819 (noting criticisms of the doctrine, namely that it “upends the long-standing preponderance of the evidence standard; alters the burden of proof in favor of the plaintiff; undermines the uniformity and predictability central to tort litigation; results in an expansion of liability; and is too complex to administer”) However, none of these arguments effectively distinguish the Mohrs' claim from Herskovits and seem instead to agitate for its overruling. In fact, under this theory of liability, plaintiffs may be compensated where they suffer absolutely no physical injury as a result of the physician's conduct. at 611, 664 P.2d 474 (Dore, J., lead opinion). 1920)). No matter how the cause of action is described, at the end of the day liability is based on no more than the mere possibility that the physician's negligence has caused harm, a result that conflicts with black letter law that "negligence in the air" is not actionable. See id. See Herskovits, 99 Wash.2d at 615-17, 664 P.2d 474 (Dore, J., lead opinion). Palsgraf v. Long Island R.R. Cf. ¶ 3 Following those neurological tests, however, Mrs. Mohr reported and was observed to have neurological symptoms, including being wobbly on her feet and having severe pain after being administered pain medication. revealed a right frontoparietal CVA." *491 Cheryl Rani Guttenbe Adamson, Attorney at Law, Kennewick, WA, for Appellants. Instead, the loss of a chance is the compensable injury. *498 ¶ 29 Respondents also argue that the case cannot go forward because the Mohrs have not proved damages. L.Rev. No matter how the lost chance cause of action is characterized, the plaintiff is freed of the requirement of proving causation because, no matter how the action is described, the end result is that liability is imposed based on possibilities and not on probabilities. Id. Deterrence of negligence that does not cause actual harm is a meaningless proposition, and there can be no compensation of injury because the actual injury that occurs may be the result of the preexisting condition. Because the majority creates a speculative cause of action that is beyond the express legislative mandate of RCW 7.70.040, I dissent. See CP at 183. 471 F. Supp. contains alphabet). ", ¶ 48 Moreover, the goal of compensation is not served, either, because there is no way to prove a physician's acts or omissions in fact caused the actual physical harm, rather than the actual harm resulting from the preexisting condition. Only the legislature has the authority to amend the statute. What about a case where experts could present “evidence ... that an MRI misread on Monday, but accurately discerned on Friday, perhaps gives rise to an infinitesimal loss of a chance to recover.  A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examination, performed shortly after 9:30 a.m., confirmed that Mrs. Mohr was in fact having a stroke. Berger, 144 Wash.2d at 105, 26 P.3d 257. 0 Details Completed. The Mohrs presented the expert testimony of doctors Becker and Harris. n (2010). App. ¶ 82 Statutory interpretation is a question of law that this court reviews de novo. ¶ 70 Mrs. Mohr was seen in the emergency room by Dr. Dale Grantham. ¶ 39 The majority's holding is also contrary to RCW 7.70.040. at 209-10, 873 P.2d 175. ¶ 82 Statutory interpretation is a question of law that this court reviews de novo. He ordered a CT scan, which was performed between 8:10 a.m. and 8:19 a.m. ¶ 76 The results of this CT scan, which came back before 9:30 a.m., were not normal. Id. Dr. Watson had prescribed aspirin around 2:00 p.m. but did not order its immediate administration. When he finally sought another medical opinion, Herskovits was diagnosed with lung cancer within three weeks. ¶ 61 Another issue is the inequity of applying the lost chance doctrine in the medical field. A known cause of strokes is “formation of an embolus or thrombus that occludes an artery.” Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary 1847 (18th ed. RCW 7.70.040. See, e.g., Shellenbarger, 101 Wash.App. ¶ 86 We should affirm the trial court and answer the question certified to us in the negative. The inequity is obvious. See Daugert v. Pappas, 104 Wash.2d 254, 704 P.2d 600 (1985) (refusing to extend lost chance doctrine to legal malpractice actions). March 26, 2012. Co., 55 Wash.2d 639, 643, 349 P.2d 215 (1960). Because the Mohrs made a prima facie case of the requisite elements of proof, we reverse the order of summary judgment and remand to the trial court for further proceedings. Various factors to be considered in evaluating such a claim are discussed in the opinion and have been set forth in this instruction. His diagnosing physician testified that the delay in diagnosis likely diminished Herskovits's chance of long-term survival from 39 percent to 25 percent. at 789, 580 A.2d 206. n (2010). When he finally sought another medical opinion, Herskovits was diagnosed with lung cancer within three weeks. at 10 n. 23, 890 N.E.2d 819 (listing 10 states that have declined to adopt the doctrine). have been incurred,” Alaska Stat. The Mohrs signed a form that included the following language: CP at 107. Id. . The plurality similarly noted that traditional all-or-nothing causation in lost chance cases "`subverts the deterrence objectives of tort law.'" 731, 743–45, 258 P.3d 687 (2011); D.L.S. WE CONCUR: CHARLES W. JOHNSON, TOM CHAMBERS, MARY E. FAIRHURST, DEBRA L. STEPHENS, and CHARLES K. WIGGINS, Justices. ¶ 15 The lead and plurality opinions split over how, not whether, to recognize a cause of action. An “infarct” is an area of coagulation necrosis in tissue resulting from obstruction of the local circulation by a thrombus (blood clot) or embolus (foreign particle circulating in the blood). at 685, 183 P.3d 1118 (following Daugert and finding “no authority supporting the application of the ‘substantial factor’ definition of proximate cause to a negligence or strict liability action involving a contaminated food product”); Sorenson v. Raymark Indus., Inc., 51 Wash.App. Id. ¶ 57 What about in the very case before this court, where we are not considering the passage of weeks, or even days, but of hours? Under this statute, a plaintiff in a medical malpractice action must prove: (2) Such failure was a proximate cause of the injury complained of. As in other states, this court has declined to extend the lost chance of survival doctrine, the specific form set out in Herskovits, to permit suits against other professionals. A version of this article was published in The Daily Record on September 10, 2012.. The court said "AS 09.55.540 clearly and unambiguously requires plaintiffs to establish that a defendant's alleged negligence was more likely than not the cause of injury." ¶ 72 Mrs. Mohr suffered lacerations to her right eyelid and right hand as a result of her accident. 675, 684, 183 P.3d 1118 (2008). Id. . In other words, they claim that negligence caused Mrs. Mohr a loss of the chance of a better outcome. We find no meaningful basis to distinguish permanent disability from death for the purposes of raising a loss of chance claim. Herskovits, 99 Wash.2d at 616, 664 P.2d 474 (additionally noting the Hamil court's reliance on the Restatement (Second) of Torts § 323 (1965), which provides that one who renders services to another, necessary for the protection of that person, is liable if “his failure to exercise [reasonable] care increases the risk of [physical] harm”). Martin v. United States. He also ordered a computerized tomography (CT) scan of her head. Kemper v. Gordon, 272 S.W.3d 146, 152 (Ky.2008). Therefore, the rule in Jorgenson v. Vener, 2000 SD 87, 616 N.W.2d 366 (2000) is hereby abrogated. Dr. Grantham ordered blood samples, a finger stick glucose sample, and had Mrs. Mohr taken for x-rays. The substantive provisions were not changed. Fennell, 320 Md. We hold that there is such a cause of action and, accordingly, reverse the order of summary judgment. As Benjamin Cardozo famously explained long ago, "`negligence in the air'" is not actionable. Mohr v. Grantham, supra, 858-859, citing Herskovits v. Group Health 99 Wn. Id. ¶ 84 A “proximate cause” of an injury is defined as a cause that, in a direct sequence, unbroken by any new, independent cause, produces the injury complained of and without which the injury would not have occurred. . By clicking on this tab, you are expressly stating that you were one of the attorneys appearing in this matter. The nonbinding plurality opinion in Herskovits should not be extended to rewrite the medical malpractice statutory scheme adopted by the legislature. Ctr., 164 Wash.2d 261, 266, 189 P.3d 753 (2008). O'Donoghue v. Riggs, 73 Wash.2d 814, 824, 440 P.2d 823 (1968) (quoting Ugolini v. States Marine Lines, 71 Wash.2d 404, 407, 429 P.2d 213 (1967)). Precedential, Citations: As noted, even a small percentage of chance can equal a substantial award. Berger v. Sonneland, 144 Wash.2d 91, 103, 26 P.3d 257 (2001). Did the trial court properly grant summary judgment for all defendants under CR 56(c)? Majority at 493 (citing Herskovits v. Group Health Coop. Herskovits, 99 Wash.2d at 616, 664 P.2d 474 (additionally noting the Hamil court's reliance on the Restatement (Second) of Torts § 323 (1965), which provides that one who renders services to another, necessary for the protection of that person, is liable if "his failure to exercise [reasonable] care increases the risk of [physical] harm"). Another finger stick glucose sample was taken, and a nurse applied antibacterial ointment and dressed Mrs. Mohr's leg wound. ¶ 64 First, we have no idea what the impact of Herskovits has been. L.Rev. It requires proof of proximate cause, not as to a chance of malpractice resulting in possible injury, but as to actual physical injury to the plaintiff. See, e.g., Jones v. Owings, 318 S.C. 72, 77, 456 S.E.2d 371 (1995) ("[l]egal responsibility in this approach is in reality assigned based on the mere possibility that a tortfeasor's negligence was a cause of the ultimate harm"); Pillsbury-Flood v. Portsmouth Hosp., 128 N.H. 299, 305, 512 A.2d 1126 (1986) (rejecting plaintiff's reliance on the "loss of a chance" doctrine expressed in Hicks v. United States, 368 F.2d 626 (4th Cir.1966); the Hicks rule that allows relaxation of the causation requirement where the defendant increased the risk of harm is ill advised; "[c]ausation is a matter of probability, not possibility"). Among them are concerns about the potential impact on the practice of medicine, the costs of medical malpractice insurance, the costs of medical care, and the costs to society as a whole of compensating an entirely new class of plaintiffs who formerly had no claim under the common law. With this semantic leap essentially a fictionthe causation problem is fixed. Mrs. Mohr did not report numbness in her left hand to a medical professional until she was seen by Dr. Brooks Watson II, the third doctor to attend her, at approximately 2:00 p.m. on September 1, 2004. 2d 265 (1986)). Id. Because traditional tort justifications for imposing liability are missing, we should not extend a cause of action for a lost chance of a better outcome as a form of medical malpractice claim beyond its current application. many jurisdictions are like Kansas, in that the issue has only come up in a loss of survival case or a loss of a better recovery case.... We have found no authority or rational argument which would apply the loss of chance theory solely to survival actions or solely to loss of a better recovery actions and not to both. The federal court aptly said that, “[t]he statute rejects any presumption of negligence.” Id. Laws of 2011, ch. pathologists, anesthesiologists, radiologists). ¶ 34 KMC argues that even if there is apparent agency, the hospital is not liable for negligent acts of physicians that it could not control. Hosp. ¶ 22 The principal arguments against recognizing a cause of action for loss of a chance of a better outcome are broad arguments, similar to those raised when Herskovits was decided: concerns of an overwhelming number of lawsuits and their impact on the health care system; distaste for contravening traditional tort law, especially regarding causation; discomfort with the reliance on scientific probabilities and uncertainties to value lost opportunities. The expert testimony also included information regarding causation, including Dr. Becker's opinion that had Mrs. Mohr “received anti-thrombotic therapy there's at least a 50 to 60 percent chance that things could have had a better outcome.... Less disability, less neglect, less ... of the symptoms of right hemispheric stroke.” CP at 225–26.  Curiously, the majority couches this at one point in its opinion as "some serious injury short of death." The plurality found it more analytically sound to conceive of the injury as the lost chance. Taber's, supra, at 350. ¶ 41 It is a fundamental principle that in a medical malpractice action the plaintiff must prove causation of the plaintiff's actual physical (or mental) injury before tort liability will be imposed. ¶ 35 We hold that there is a cause of action in the medical malpractice context for the loss of a chance of a better outcome. ¶ 2 In Richland, Washington, on the afternoon of August 31, 2004, Mrs. Mohr suffered a hypoglycemic event that caused her to run her car into a utility pole at approximately 45 m.p.h. Around 11:30 a.m. Mrs. Mohr was transferred to the intermediate care unit, under the care of Dr. Brooks Watson. Not only does the doctrine not require proof of "but for" causation, "but for" causation cannot be proved in any event. She was admitted at 7:11 a.m. ¶ 75 Mrs. Mohr was seen by Dr. Brian Dawson at 7:16 a.m. She reported weakness and difficulty walking, but no numbness or tingling.2 Dr. Dawson was aware of Mrs. Mohr's history and performed a physical exam. The Late Late Show with James Corden Recommended for you Dr. Dawson discussed the situation with Dr. Brooks Watson II, and they agreed upon a treatment plan. 2d 924, 931 (D.Alaska 1999), is not an acceptable excuse because it leads to unacceptable results. 776, 789-90, 580 A.2d 206 (1990).. See Young v. Key Pharm., Inc., 112 Wash.2d 216, 225, 770 P.2d 182 (1989) (quoting Celotex Corp. v. Catrett, 477 U.S. 317, 322, 106 S.Ct. Our statute setting out the elements that a plaintiff must prove in a medical malpractice action does not permit a presumption of negligence. South Dakota Codified Laws § 20–9–1.1 provides: The Legislature finds that in those actions founded upon an alleged want of ordinary care or skill the conduct of the responsible party must be shown to have been the proximate cause of the injury complained of. She did not exhibit any motor or sensory deficits. It is incorrect. Mohr v. Grantham, 172 Wn.2d at 858. CourtListener is sponsored by the non-profit Free Law Project. ¶ 46 The "deterrence" justification identified by the majority is in fact unrelated to preventing harm-causing negligence. ¶ 87 Recovery on the basis of “a lost chance of a better outcome” from these targeted medical care providers is highly speculative and places an impossible burden on doctors and hospitals.7 Order of Certification at 1. Mrs. Mohr was transferred to the intermediate care unit at 11:46 a.m., and Dr. Watson prescribed aspirin around 2:00 p.m. ¶ 78 An urgent ultrasound was performed to rule out carotid dissection in the common carotids, but that procedure could not assess the distal internal carotid artery. Christopher Holmes Anderson, Fain Anderson VanDerhoef PLLC, Mary H. Spillane, Williams Kastner & Gibbs, Donna Maria Moniz, Johnson Graffe Keay Moniz & Wick LLP, Seattle, WA, Jerome R. Aiken, Attorney at Law, Yakima, WA, for Respondents.  Mrs. Mohr did not report numbness in her left hand to a medical professional until she was seen by Dr. Brooks Watson II, the third doctor to attend her, at approximately 2:00 p.m. on September 1, 2004. Around 11:30 a.m. Mrs. Mohr was transferred to the intermediate care unit, under the care of Dr. Brooks Watson. It stated that "courts generally look to all of the facts and circumstances to determine if the hospital and doctor enjoy such a 'significant relationship' that the rule of respondeat superior ought to apply." U.L.REV. ¶ 11 2. See, e.g., id. ¶ 53 The same is true in Washington. RCW 7.70.040.3 Expert testimony is generally required to establish the standard of care and causation. ¶ 50 The statute provides that a plaintiff must prove the health care provider failed to exercise the requisite degree “of care, skill, and learning” and this failure “was a proximate cause of the injury complained of.” RCW 7.70.040. In particular, the portions of her brain that were damaged are involved with motor control, sensation, and spatial reasoning. King v. Riveland, 125 Wash.2d 500, 507, 886 P.2d 160 (1994). The Richland Fire Department responded. 2005). U.L.Rev. at 115–16, 579 P.2d 970. The result, the Maryland court said, is that the lost chance doctrine results in errors in compensation for actual injury in all 99 cases. n at 356 (“Rather than full damages for the adverse outcome, the plaintiff is only compensated for the lost opportunity. . By around 9:30 a.m., Mrs. Mohr was diagnosed as having a stroke. ¶ 68 The majority improperly extends Herskovits v. Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, 99 Wash.2d 609, 664 P.2d 474 (1983) to create a cause of action for Mrs. Linda Mohr and her husband against the emergency professionals and hospital that provided for her care after she crashed her own car. The x-rays and CT scan came back normal; they did not show any broken bones, fractures, dislocations, or intracranial injury. Id. The plurality found it more analytically sound to conceive of the injury as the lost chance. ¶ 17 Though this court has not reconsidered or clarified the rule of, ¶ 43 The lost chance doctrine contravenes the long-standing rule that a verdict in a medical malpractice action must not rest on “ ‘conjecture and speculation.’ ”, ¶ 73 Dr. Grantham returned at 7:56 p.m. to speak with Mrs. Mohr and her husband. If a lawyer is sued for malpractice, the plaintiff must prove proximate causation of real harm, but this is not true under the lost chance doctrine when a plaintiff sues a physician for negligent treatment that cannot be shown to have proximately caused real harm. 99 (1928) (quoting FREDERICK POLLOCK, THE LAW OF TORTS 455 (5th ed. Dr. Dawson noted that she was somnolent (drowsy), had normal speech, and had weakness on her left side. “Injury” in the statute undoubtedly reflects prevailing law stated in. Miller v. Jacoby, 145 Wash.2d 65, 71, 33 P.3d 68 (2001). Ctr., Inc., 320 Md. The substantive provisions were not changed. *505 Dr. Grantham and nursing staff also noted that Mrs. Mohr suffered from diabetes, that her blood sugar was low upon rescue by the EMPs at the crash site, and that she had not been ambulatory at the scene of the accident. Defendants, medical practitioners, failed to exercise due care in diagnosing her condition and she thus lost a chance at a better health outcome. Ctr., 143 Wash.App. Dr. Watson ordered intravenous heparin (an anticoagulant) for stabilization. The nonbinding plurality opinion in Herskovits should not be extended to rewrite the medical malpractice statutory scheme adopted by the legislature. She reported a pain level of “7” on a scale of 1 to 10. Our application of the separation of powers doctrine is not a one-way street. Dr. Brian Dawson was the attending emergency room physician that morning. Similarly, the published model jury instructions enumerate seven relevant factors for the determination of apparent agency in the hospital and independent-contractor physician context. ¶ 27 An order granting summary judgment is reviewed de novo.  The majority effectively treats Herskovits as binding precedent because although a six-member majority of the court disagreed on how the lost chance doctrine should be applied in a case where death ensued, it agreed that the doctrine should be adopted. In support of their claim, the Mohrs presented the family's testimony, including her two sons who are doctors, and the testimony of two other doctors, Kyra Becker and A. See Joseph H. King, Jr., “ Reduction of Likelihood” Reformulation and Other Retrofitting of the Loss–of–a–Chance Doctrine, 28 U. Mem. Mohr v. Grantham; treating the loss of chance as a cognizable injury permits plaintiffs to recover for the loss of an opportunity for a better outcome.  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