Fall 2012
5297 Medical Liability - BURRUS- 35949
Added 2-27-12

Professor(s): E. Dale Burrus (ADJUNCT)

Credits: 2

Course Areas: Health Law 

Time: 4:00p-6:00p  TLocation: 240  BLB

Course Outline: This course focuses on medical malpractice litigation. Through a practical approach, the students will examine each step in managing a medical malpractice lawsuit. In addition to exploring the fundamental issues of physician-patient relationship, standard of care, informed consent, institutional and agency liability, and peer review, students will learn about the substantive and procedural aspects of each stage of a malpractice action. The stages will incorporate such issues as determining whether to bring a malpractice action, qualifying or challenging expert and scientific evidence, proving causation and damages, defending malpractice claims, and allocating liability among different providers. Because malpractice is governed by state common and statutory law, most of the cases will be drawn from Texas law. The course will also highlight Texas’ reform statute that many see as a model throughout the nation.

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First Day Assignments:
Diversicare
Harris Methodist Fort Worth v Ollie
Omaha Healthcare v Johnson
Salas v Gamboa 760 SW 2d 838
Sweeney 1-14
Sweeney 177-180
Texas Medical Malpractice -First Day of Class - Fall 2012
Texas West Oaks v Williams

Final Exam Schedule: 12/18 6-8pm  213 BLB    

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Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No