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Mar. 2020

Jeff Catalano quoted in article on MA Appeals Court decision clarifying gross negligence standard in med-mal cases

Jeffrey N. Catalano was quoted in a page one article in the March 9 issue of Massachusetts Lawyers Article concerning a recent Massachusetts Appeals Court decision clarifying the gross negligence standard in medical malpractice cases.

Mr. Catalano, who was not involved in the case, observed that ”the decision finally clarifies that for plaintiffs to demonstrate that doctors are grossly negligent, they don’t have to demonstrate that the doctor’s course of action was malicious or with evil intent, which is how defendants have typically argued to the court to exclude gross negligence claims.”

He also noted that the ruling, which upheld a $2.5 million gross negligence verdict, addresses doctors who are prone to taking a “cowboy course of action” in medical care, that is, an approach that does not take into account alternative advice from other medical professionals or instructions from medical device manufacturers.

Mr. Catalano, a partner at the firm, represents victims of catastrophic injuries in medical negligence, construction accident, auto accident, food poisoning, product liability, and other personal injury cases.