OPENING STATEMENT IN A MALPRACTICE CASE USING POWERPOINT SLIDES

OPENING STATEMENT IN A MALPRACTICE CASE USING POWERPOINT SLIDES

The last entry in this blog was from a personal injury case opening statement illustrating the use of PowerPoint to assist in the opening statement. This entry is a combination of PowerPoint slides used in the opening statement and final summation of a medical malpractice case. This case was tried to a jury in Seattle. This is a newspaper description of the case facts:

“December 8, 2013  Botched surgery will cost hospital. A North Central Washington woman has been awarded a total of $30 million after laser surgery at Central Washington Hospital last year left her unable to speak.

Becky S. Anderson, 55, was in surgery and on a breathing tube in February 2012 when a fire occurred in her throat while she was having polyps removed from her vocal cords, according to the malpractice lawsuit filed in May 2012 in King County Superior Court.

Anderson was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle due to the seriousness of her injuries, and had undergone extensive care and numerous surgeries, and was still a patient there when the lawsuit was filed in May 2012. Central Washington Hospital settled for $12 million, and a King County Superior Court jury recently awarded an additional $18 million, including $7.65 million against Wenatchee Valley Medical Center and $4.35 million against Wenatchee Anesthesia Associates.”

This illustrates the way slides can be created. It is an individual choice on how many slides are appropriate. In this case, we had a digital re-enactment of the entire event created. It was very helpful in explaining what happened and what roles the various defendants had at surgery, since there was conflict among the defendants. There was an issue as to the percentage, if any, each contributed to the injury.

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