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Hospital policy claim allowed in med mal lawsuit

Roanoke Circuit Judge Clifford Weckstein will allow a medical malpractice plaintiff to pursue his claim that a Carilion Clinic policy discouraging outside referrals led to medical complications.

Weckstein ruled today in a hearing in the case of Ronald Burchett, according to The Roanoke Times .

Burchett, represented by Robert Hovis of Annandale, claims Carilion’s reluctance to call in an outside gastroenterologist during a 2008 hospital admission caused him to suffer a ruptured colon.

Carilion, represented by Roanoke’s Paul Kuhnel, argued it has no policy to prevent “leakage” of patients to other providers and said Burchett’s claim was an attempt to “vex and harass Carilion.”

UPDATE:

Weckstein has appointed a special commissioner to preside over discovery in the contentious case, according to the account in today’s Roanoke Times. Earlier, the judge took the unusual step of moving depositions to the courthouse, where he could preside over questioning of the witnesses.

Posted by Peter Vieth

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