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Virginia: Medical Malpractice – a Lawyer’s Deposition

Virginia: Medical Malpractice – a Lawyer’s Deposition

In the medical malpractice miscellaneous proceeding, In re Carla J. Jones, Nos. CM10-911 and CM10-710 of Circuit Court for Chesapeake, Virginia, petitioner sought pre-suit discovery pursuant to Va. Sup. Ct. Rule 4:2(a)(3). The judge granted pre-litigation depositions of the individual healthcare provider who allegedly was responsible for the conduct in question and of the most knowledgeable person (“MKP”) of Chesapeake Regional Hospital.

Jones found that perpetuating the depositions would “promote judicial efficiency” and might “prevent a delay or a failure of justice”. It also found that the medical malpractice expert certification requirements of Va. Code Ann. §8.01-20.1 could not “reasonably be met without additional information”.

The judge in Jones issued a letter opinion dated July 29, 2010. He also entered a corresponding Order in the medical malpractice proceeding on August 9, 2010.