Jon M. Pinnick recently (October 20, 2015) served as a Faculty Member for an Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum on Indiana Evidence, presenting on Evidentiary Trial Objections in Indianapolis, Indiana to and for trial attorneys from across the State of Indiana.
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Jon M. Pinnick recently testified for The Indiana General Assembly Interim Study Committee on the Medical Malpractice Act. Mr. Pinnick’s testimony was focused on the Medical Review Panel process in Indiana, including its history, current logistics, and the fact that it works in its current form and serves a valuable purpose for patients and health care providers alike. Mr. Pinnick testified that in spite of some claims by the plaintiff’s bar, the medical review panel process is not “broken”. Moreover, the Medical Malpractice Act includes very specific legislation on time requirements and the like which, if actually requested or required by either the plaintiff or the defense, would shorted the perceived delays in a case progressing through the medical review panel process.
Tom Schultz recently chaired the State and Local Defense Organization (SLDO) portion of the Defense Research Institute (DRI) Annual Meeting held in October in Washington, D.C. Tom addressed State leaders at the State Representatives Breakfast and headed the main SLDO program discussing the future of SLDO’s. Also during the DRI Annual Meeting and Conference, Tom had the privilege of introducing the keynote speaker of the DRI Leadership Breakfast, Paralympic athlete, Mallory Weggemann. Mary shared her amazing story of overcoming challenges to set sixteen world swimming records.
Tom Schultz presented in September to the North Dakota Defense Lawyers Association in Bismark, North Dakota. The presentation focused on preparing and delivering closing arguments in civil litigation for the defense. Tom continues to remain active in presenting to State and local defense bar organizations.
Attorney Elliot I. Pinkie presented on August 21, 2015, at the Indiana Society for Healthcare Risk Management's (ISHRM) Summer Education Conference held at the Marott Conference Center in Indianapolis. Elliott's presentation focused on patient litigation and considerations for risk managers when working with defense counsel, physicians, and/or nurses, in the defense of medical negligence claims in Indiana. ISHRM supports continuing professional education by providing its members with practical advice and information in a forum designed to encourage the sharing of ideas, increase knowledge of practical risk management matters, and support collaboration with those in the profession of healthcare risk management. Topics included in the Summer Conference were Lessons Learned in Treating Ebola, Successful Management of Patient Litigation, Trends in Healthcare Security and Violence Management, and Hot Topics in Employment Law. Elliott continues to participate in ISHRM as well as the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM) in 2015.
Attorney Elliott I. Pinkie presented, "Attorneys or Acrobats: Strategies for Balancing Time and Due Process in Administrative Hearings," on July 28, 2015 to the Indianapolis Bar Association. Joining Elliott in the presentation were Attorneys Mary H. Watts of Bingham Greenebaum Doll, LLP, and Jessica W. Krug, Deputy Attorney General for the Indiana Office of the Attorney General. The program served to educate attendees on professional license litigation with a focus on healthcare provider licensing actions in Indiana.
Congratulations to Tom Schultz on being elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Carmel Swim Club in Carmel, Indiana. The Carmel Swim Club is the top swim club in the State of Indiana, and one of the top club teams in the United States. This represents the second time Tom has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Carmel Swim Club.
Congratulations to Tom Schultz and Angela Della Rocco in obtaining a defense verdict in a jury trial that recently took place in Terre Haute, Indiana. It was a premises liability case that presented with damaging testimony against the client, and an indemnity claim asserted by the landlord. Plaintiff suffered significant injury to his shoulder resulting in surgery and medical bills in excess of $60,000.00. The matter was tried over 3 days in Vigo County Superior Court, and the jury returned its verdict in forty minutes. Vigo County is the 26th different County in Indiana in which Tom Schultz has had a jury trial.
On May 13, 2015, Attorney Jon M. Pinnick presented a continuing legal education program for the Indianapolis Bar Association. The progarm was part of the Indy Bar's Litigation Trial Skills Series and focused on In-Trial Motions. A representative of the Plaintiff's bar also participated, and Jon presented In-Trial Motions from the defense perspective.
Attorney Aimee M. Gong recently attend the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana's "Rookie Seminar" held for young lawyers at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians in Indianapolis. Aimee is a new member of DTCI, and has participated in two jury trials already in 2015 since joining Schultz & Pogue, LLP in January. The Rookie Seminar included such topics as pre-suit investigation, case evaluation, ethics & civility in the practice of law, ADR and mediation, trial tactics, and appellate practice. Members of Schultz & Pogue, LLP remain active in DTCI, and Defense Research Institute (DRI), a national civil litigation defense professional organization.
Congratulations to Attorney Elliott I. Pinkie and Aimee M. Gong in their representation of a Board Certified Nephrologist in defense of a medical malpractice case tried to jury in Indianapolis, Indiana in April. The case involved allegations of substandard medical care resulting in the wrongful death of a thirty-two year old patient. The physician had a long-standing patient-physician relationship with the paitent dating some twenty-eight years as the patient had developed hemolytic uremic syndrome at a very young age when the nephrologist began treatment. The patient also had two kidney transplants, and was on peritoneal dialysis. Unfortunately, the patient developed a catheter site infection resulting in PD related peritonitis and required hospital admission. Despite the appropriate medical care provided by the treating nephrologist at admission and the next day, the patient's condition deteriorated leading to an aspiration, and respiratory arrest. The patient was transferred to the ICU and ultimately expired after a three week hospitalization consisting of ventilator support and numerous consultations from neurologists, critical care physicians, and infectious disease specialists. Plaintiff's Estate claimed the nephrologist failed to more aggressively treat and monitor the patient on the morning following the patient's hospital admission, and that this caused an anoxic brain injury leading to the wrongful death of the patient. The Estate hired two out of state expert witnesses, and the defense called two members of the medical review panel and an independent expert witness at trial. After four days of testimony, and their deliberations, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the defense.
Attorney Elliot I. Pinkie recently attended the Indiana Society for Healthcare Risk Management's (ISHRM) Spring Education Conference in April 2015 held at the Marott Conference Center in Indianapolis. ISHRM supports continuing professional education by providing its members with practical advice and information in a forum designed to encourage the sharing of ideas, increase knowledge of practical risk management matters, and support collaboration with those in the profession of healthcare risk management. Topics included in the Spring Conference were HIPPA enforcement actions, data breaches, patient rights and advocacy, The False Claims Act, and current legislative issues in healthcare. Elliott continues to participate in ISHRM as well as the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM) in 2015.
Associate Attorney Aimee M. Gong, and former Schultz & Pogue, LLP Associate Brandon M. Kimura, appeared in the April 2015 Journal of the Indiana State Bar Association, Res Gestae. Aimee and Brandon were featured in the article by Brita A. Horvath of Faegre Baker Daniels, regarding diversifying mentoring relationships. Aimee and Brandon participated in the Indiana State Bar Association's Mentor Match Program wherein Aimee was paired with Samuel R. "Chic" Born and Brandon was paired with Magistrate Marcia J. Ferree, of the Marion Superior Court, Paternity Vision. The article provides a question and answer exchange with Aimee, Brandon, and their mentors detailing their experiences in the program and stressing the importance of mentoring for both the mentee and mentor.
Congratulations to Tom Schultz who recently obtained a defense verdict in an underinsured motorist case tried in Lawrence Circuit Court in Southern Indiana in April 2015. The case involved a rear-end collision in which plaintiff claimed over $50,000.00 in medical bills. A qualified settlement offer of $30,000.00 was previously been made prior to trial by jury. This marked the 60th jury trial for Tom and the 24th different county in the State of Indiana in which he has tried a case to a jury. We congratulate Tom on his acheivement and another defense verdict.
Attorneys Tom Schultz and Angela Della Rocco authored Stanley v. Walker revisited: Admissibility of discounted Medicare/Medicaid payments as evidence of reasonable value, as recently published in the March 11-25, 2015, edition of the Indiana Lawyer. The submission was made on behlaf of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana (DTCI), and addressed the confusion and disagreement that has emerged regarding dicounted payments and government paid health benefits in personal injury litigation. A link to the article is as follows:
Lawyers at Schultz & Pogue, LLP, are active members in DTCI, and Tom Shultz is a past President of DTCI.
In March 2015, Elliott attended the Defense Research Institute's Medical Liability and Health Care Law seminar in San Francisco. DRI’s Medical Liability and Health Care Law Seminar offered two days of targeted instruction on emerging topics in the medical malpractice and health care law field. The seminar sessions were aimed at defense attorneys, in-house counsel, claims professionals, and risk management personnel. It focused on cutting-edge topics presented by an accomplished faculty of attorneys, physicians, and claims professionals—all leaders in their respective fields. Attorneys at Schultz & Pogue, LLP remain active in DRI, and Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana.
Schultz & Pogue, LLP continues its support in 2015 of the Fayette Regional Health System Foundation with sponsorship and attendance at its Hollywood Gala held March 7, 2015. The FRHS Foundation is a separate 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, with its sole purpose to support the mission of Fayette Regional Health System – To Care, To Serve, To Heal. The Foundation helps to ensure the hospital’s diverse strengths – the strengths that make Fayette Regional Health System a critical resource in the Fayette County community. Schultz & Pogue, LLP remains proud to support the FRHS Foundation.
Three Partners at Schultz & Pogue, LLP have been selected for inclusion in the listings of the Indiana Super Lawyers for 2015. They are as follows: Thomas R. Schultz, General Litigation; Peter H. Pogue, Personal Injury Defense, Medical Malpractice; and Jon M. Pinnick, Personal Injury Defense, Medical Malpractice.
The objective of the publisher of the Indiana Super Lawyers® publication is “to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys.” The annual Super Lawyers® selection processes is multi-phased, including independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Up to 5% of the total lawyers in Indiana are selected for inclusion in the listing of Super Lawyers®.
Schultz & Pogue, LLP congratulates its founding members on the 2015 Class of of Indiana Super Lawyers® and recognizes their recent publication in Indiana Super Lawyers® magazine, a supplement to the Indianapolis Monthly magazine.
Congratulations to Jon Pinnick. Represented Board Certified Emergency Department Physican and his Emergency Department Group. Case involved a 26 year old male who presented to our emergency department with history of chest pain and discomfort, shortness of breath, and headache. He had other generalized complaints as well. ED physician conducted complete and thorough examination and work up, including EKGs, cardiac enzymes and chest x-ray. All were essentially within normal limits, except for some mild cardiomegaly. Ultimately, ED physician appropriately diagnosed patient with pleuritic chest pain due to URI and jaw pain due to existing TMJ syndrome and discharged him with appropriate follow up instructions. 8 days later this patient re-presented to same ED, but this time had complaints of almost passing out three times, a one hour coughing fit, shortness of breath, and a popping sensation to back of neck while in the shower just prior to presentation. He was admitted. There was an incidental finding of an ascending aortic arch dissecting aneurysm. He was taken to surgery and died in the OR after an approximate 14 hour surgery. Plaintiff Estate claimed our clients failed to timely diagnose this aneurysm and caused the death of the 26 year old. Plaintiff hired two experts. We hired expert ED physician and expert Cardiothoracic Surgeon, both of whom testified persuasively at trial. DEFENSE verdict in Marion Superior Court.
January 2015: Congratulations to Jon Pinnick and Michael Mullen. Infant brought to ED by parents with complaints of fever, cough and stridor with difficult breathing. ED physician institutes appropriate steroids and breathing treatment. ED physician appropriately orders lateral x-ray of neck, and he results confirmed the ED physician’s suspicion of epiglottitis. ED physician secures STAT ENT consult and infant is emergency taken to the OR. Successfully obtained dismissal of ED physician pre-panel.