Mr. Smith Speaks at Seminar for Maryland Medical Malpractice Lawyers


Mr. Smith was a speaker at the annual medical malpractice seminar, “The Maryland Med Mal Case: Learn from the Experts,” presented by the Medical Negligence Section of the Maryland Trial Lawyers’ Association in Baltimore, Maryland. This seminar included presentations on “cutting edge” topics to lawyers who regularly handle medical malpractice or medical negligence cases. Mr. Smith’s topic was “Surviving the Court of Appeals: Certificates of Merit and Reports Post Walzer and Carroll.”

Under Maryland’s medical malpractice law, a legal claim against a healthcare provider, including hospitals, doctors, nurses, and nursing homes, cannot be maintained unless the claimant files a “Certificate of Qualified Expert” and Report from a medical expert. The Certificate and Report must verify that the healthcare provider departed from the applicable standard of care, and that the departure was the cause of an injury or death. Recent rulings by Maryland appeals courts radically changed the custom and practice that had been followed previously in medical malpractice litigation. Mr. Smith reviewed the evolving law and offered practical advice to medical malpractice attorneys on how to comply with current legal requirements.

Appointed Chair of Nursing Home Section


Mr. Smith was appointed Chair of the Nursing Home Section, Maryland Association for Justice (formerly the Maryland Trial Lawyers’ Association) for the 2009-10 year, the third consecutive year he has been appointed to the position. This professional group is comprised of attorneys handling medical malpractice or medical negligence cases against nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other long-term care institutions. The Nursing Home Section offers continuing education seminars, speakers, literature, and roundtable discussions for attorneys. Mr. Smith previously served as Chair of the Nursing Home Section for the 2008-09 and 2007-08 years, and as Vice-Chair of the Nursing Home Section for the 2006-07 year.


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