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Health Ins. Malpractice suits represent a class of controversies where *638 extreme caution should be exercised in relaxing causation requirements. The boundaries of proximate cause are not self-determinative. The statistical chance of surviving 5 years when the tumor has reached stage 2 is 25 percent. IN RE CARSON'S ESTATE, 184 Cal. Two further comments: Factually, many of the cases cited by the majority, including Hamil v. Bashline, do not support its position. In re STRITTMATER 140 N.J. Eq. The question is one of law, not fact alone, and it is one that necessarily involves a policy decision. Home Star Bank & Fin. SUCCESSIONS OF EDDY, 664 So.2d 853 (La. In the present case, we must determine whether cause in fact has been established. (Kallenberg v. Beth Israel Hosp. Dr. Ostrow testified that if the tumor was at stage 1 in December 1974, the chance of survival was reduced from 39 percent to 25 percent. Liability of Hospital or Other Emergency Room Service Provider for Injury to Patient or Visitor, 67 AM. This approach is typified by Cooper v. Sisters of Charity, Inc., 27 Ohio St.2d 242, 272 N.E.2d 97 (1971). Defendant Group Health argues conversely that Washington law does not permit such testimony on the issue of medical causation and requires that medical testimony must be at least sufficiently definite to establish that the act complained of "probably" or "more likely than not" *613 caused the subsequent disability. If you want to learn the law and be an exceptional attorney, welcome aboard. Herskovits v. Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound Supreme Court of WA - 1983 Facts: D negligently failed to diagnose P's cancer on his first visit to the hospital and proximately caused a 14% reduction in his chances of survival. (This is reminiscent of the reasoning in the fertile dictum in Hicks v. United States.) Dr. Ostrow was unable to state that probably, or more likely than not, Mr. Herskovits' death was caused by defendant's negligence. 79 (1924) CASE BRIEF, MAGINN'S ESTATE, 122 A. See Brachtenbach, Future Damages in Personal Injury Actions The Standard of Proof, 3 Gonz. The judge reasoned that, if there was a possibility that the decedent had carcinoma of the esophagus, the hospital doctors were negligent in treating him for hypertension only. Therefore, the trial court correctly dismissed the case. Other jurisdictions have rejected this approach, generally holding that unless the plaintiff is able to show that it was more likely than not that the harm was caused by the defendant's negligence, proof of a decreased chance of survival is not enough to take the proximate cause question to the jury. IN RE ESTATE OF KURALT 15 P.3d 931 (2000) CASE BRIEF. There was uncontroverted testimony before the court that the decedent would have survived if operated upon promptly. The step from the increased risk to causation is one for the jury to make. 848 N.E.2d 1285 (2006) Hoover v. The Agency for Health Care Administration. In the typical tort case, the "but for" test, requiring proof that damages or death probably would not have occurred "but for" the negligent conduct of the defendant, is appropriate. Harbeson v. Parke-Davis, Inc., 98 Wn.2d 460, 476, 656 P.2d 483 (1983). 368 F.2d at 632 n. 2. These cases, however, illustrate no more than an inconsistency among courts in their treatment of the problems of proof. 1980) concerned the failure to diagnose and *618 promptly treat a lung tumor. HERSKOVITS v. GROUP HEALTH COOPERATIVE OF PUGET SOUND Wash. Sup. I would interpret the wrongful death statute, RCW 4.20.010, to apply to cases of this type. L. Rev. HERSKOVITS V. GROUP HEALTH COOPERATIVE OF PUGET SOUND Wash. Sup. There is an enormous difference between the "any tendency to prove" standard of ER 401 and the "more likely than not" standard for proximate cause.[3]. 779 (1994) Humphers v. First Interstate Bank of Oregon. Unless removed, a cancerous tumor can be expected to increase in size over time, and the patient's chances of survival decline accordingly. The apparent harshness of this conclusion cannot be overlooked. No. The final case cited by plaintiff is James v. United States, 483 F. Supp. Dr. Ostrow summed up his opinion as follows: "By failing to properly evaluate Mr. Herskovits' condition as late as December 1974, Group Health probably caused Mr. Herskovits' chance for long-term survival to be substantially reduced". Three of *632 these cases (Jeanes, O'Brien, and James) differ significantly from the Hicks, McBride, and Hamil group in that they view the reduction in or loss of the chance of survival, rather than the death itself, as the injury. IN RE SEARIGHT'S ESTATE 87 Ohio App. Yet, in the present case the majority is willing to grant recovery, not where there is a direct cause for the shortened life expectancy, but on the more ephemeral basis of a statistical probability entitled "probability of survival". 581 (N.D. Cal. Villamil v. Benages, 628 N.E.2d 568 (Ill. 1994). 481 Pa. at 272. CLARK v. GREENHALGE 411 Mass. But is it sufficient to prove the blue cab company more probably than not committed the act? In re RIDDELL 157 P.3d 888 (2007) CASE BRIEF. I turn now to consider whether this testimony is sufficient to create a material issue whether defendant's alleged negligence was a proximate cause of harm to plaintiff. Three days ago, Washington’s Court of Appeals issued a decision explaining the state’s Supreme Court precedents that entitle patients wronged by their doctors to recover compensation for their lost chances to recover from illness: Herskovits v. Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, 664 P.2d 474 (Wash. 1983), and Mohr v. W. Prosser, Torts § 41, at 236 (4th ed. The causation element of a Washington wrongful death action based on medical malpractice does not require proving that the victim would be more likely than not to have survived if not for the malpractice. In the early spring of 1975, Mr. and Mrs. Herskovits went south in the hope that the warm weather would help. 664 P.2d 474 (1983) Hinlicky v. Dreyfuss. No tests were performed to determine what was causing the illness, and the court determined this was below the accepted medical standard of care. *634 This all or nothing approach to recovery is criticized by King on several grounds, 90 Yale L.J. The following quotation from Hicks, at 632, is frequently cited in cases adopting loss of a chance because it succinctly defines the doctrine: Under the Hamil decision, once a plaintiff has demonstrated that defendant's acts or omissions in a situation to *617 which section 323(a) applies have increased the risk of harm to another, such evidence furnishes a basis for the fact finder to go further and find that such increased risk was in turn a substantial factor in bringing about the resultant harm. At the time of initial diagnosis of cancer 6 months later, the possibility of a 5-year survival was reduced to 25 percent. First, the all or nothing approach is arbitrary. See Restatement (Second) of Torts § 431, comment a (1965). This uncertainty further reduces the probability that the doctor's failure to perform the tests was a proximate cause of a reduced chance of survival. In Hicks v. United States, supra, the Court of Appeals set forth the rationale for deviation from the normal requirements of proof in a case such as the one presently before us. Herskovits v. Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound. In Hamil and the instant case, however, the defendant's act or omission failed in a duty to protect against harm from another source. We must decide whether Dr. Ostrow's testimony established that the act complained of (the alleged delay in diagnosis) "probably" or "more likely than not" caused Mr. Herskovits' subsequent disability. IN RE ESTATE OF JACKSON 194 P.3d 1269 (2008) CASE ... GRAY V. GRAY 947 So.2d 1045 (2006) CASE BRIEF. 443 F.2d at 1019. 2d 101, 239 N.E. Use of statistical data in judicial proceedings is a hotly debated issue. The remaining four cases allowed recovery despite the plaintiffs' failure to prove a probability of survival. L.L.... SCHEFFEL V. KRUEGER 782 A.2d 410 (2001) CASE BRIEF. See Probert, Causation in the Negligence Jargon: A Plea for Balanced "Realism", 18 U. Fla. L. Rev. The defendant will be liable for all damages arising from the death, even though there was a 49 percent chance it would have occurred despite his negligence. Edith E. HERSKOVITS, Personal Representative of the Estate of Leslie Herskovits, Appellant, v. GROUP HEALTH COOPERATIVE OF PUGET SOUND, Respondent. 2017 Update). Cooper v. Sisters of Charity, Inc., 27 Ohio St.2d 242, 272 N.E.2d 97 (1971); Hiser v. Randolph, 126 Ariz. 608, 617 P.2d 774 (Ct. App. GHH treated Herskovits’s condition with a cough suppressant. WILLIAMS, C.J., and STAFFORD and UTTER, JJ., concur with PEARSON, J. BRACHTENBACH, J. Upon his return to the Seattle area with no improvement in his health, Herskovits visited Dr. Jonathan Ostrow on a private basis for another medical opinion. The defendant urged the Court of Appeals to affirm the District Court, arguing that even had surgery been performed immediately, it was mere speculation to say that it would have been successful. of Washington Supreme Court opinions. 369 (1965); Green, The Causal Relation Issue in Negligence Law, 60 Mich. L. Rev. This fact has relevancy; it is admissible. Page 610. 1015 (1915) CASE BRIEF, BRADLEY V. FOX, 129 N.E.2d 699 (1955) CASE BRIEF. This was a wrongful death action based upon the alleged negligence of the defendant hospital's failure to treat the decedent, who subsequently died of a heart attack. 2d 245 (Fla. 2002) CASE BRIEF, HERBACH V. HERBACH, 583 N.W.2d 541 (1998) CASE BRIEF. BEALS V. STATE STREET BANK AND TRUST CO. 367 Mass.... IRWIN UNION BANK & TRUST CO. V. LONG 160 Ind. THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY ASSOCIATION V. NYE 169 A.2d ... JIMENEZ V. LEE, 274 Or. We hold that medical testimony of a reduction of chance of survival from 39 percent to 25 percent is sufficient evidence to allow the proximate cause issue to go to the jury. Defendant moved for summary judgment in May 1981, on the ground that plaintiff was unable to produce testimony that earlier diagnosis would probably have prevented Mr. Herskovits' death from cancer. The question should be framed as whether all the evidence amounts to sufficient proof, rising above speculation, that the doctor's conduct was a proximate cause of the patient's death. To meet the proximate cause burden, the record would need to reveal other facts about the patient that tended to show that he would have been a member of the 14 percent group whose chance of 5 years' survival could be increased by early diagnosis. This, of course, is entirely consistent with the existing principles of this state under O'Donoghue v. Riggs, and provides little direct support for plaintiff in the present case. The plaintiff alleged that the defendant's negligence had delayed diagnosis of the cancer for over a month. The majority states the variations from 39 percent to 25 percent in the decedent's chance for survival are sufficient evidence to "consider the possibility" that the failure of the physician to diagnose the illness in a timely manner was the "proximate cause of his death." IN RE KAUFMAN'S ESTATE, 155 P.2d 831 (1945) CASE B... KELLY V. DONALDSON, 456 So.2d 30 (Ala. 1984) CASE ... THOMPSON V. ROYALL, 163 Va. 492, 175 S.E. IN RE ESTATE OF COLE 621 N.W.2d 816 (2001) CASE BRIEF. Furthermore, the instant case does not present evidence of proximate cause that rises above speculation and conjecture. This is apparently a case of first impression. 543 (1962). My review of these cases persuades me that the preferable approach to the problem before us is that taken (at least implicitly) in Jeanes, O'Brien, and James. The statistical data relating to the extent of the decedent's chance of survival are considered to show the amount of damages, rather than to establish proximate cause. Attorneys ought to be able to explain the true significance of statistical data to keep it in its proper perspective. In Mohr v. Grantham, 172 Wn. Under this interpretation, a person will "cause" the death of another person (within the meaning of RCW 4.20.010) whenever he causes a substantial reduction in that person's chance of *635 survival.[1]. (in dissent). [1] The ultimate question raised here is whether the relationship between the increased risk of harm and Herskovits' death is sufficient to hold Group Health responsible. The court in Hicks v. United States concluded its opinion with the observation that the defendant's "negligence nullified whatever chance of recovery [the patient] might have had and was the proximate cause of the death". Contacting Justia or any attorney through this site, via web form, email, or otherwise, does not create an attorney-client relationship. The three cases where the chance of survival was greater than 50 percent (Hicks, McBride, and Hamil) are unexceptional in that they focus on the death of the decedent as the injury, and they require proximate cause to be shown beyond the balance of probabilities. JUR. I agree with the majority that the trial court erred in granting defendant's motion for summary judgment. In McBride v. United States, 462 F.2d 72 (9th Cir.1972), the mortality rate was 15 percent for coronary patients admitted to the hospital and 30 to 35 percent for those outside the hospital. One approach, and that urged by defendant, is to deny recovery in wrongful death cases unless the plaintiff establishes that decedent would probably have survived but for defendant's negligence. 2d 972 (1993) CASE BRIEF. In an action brought under the wrongful death and survivorship statutes, the main medical witness testified that if the hospital had employed proper treatment, the decedent would have had a substantial chance of surviving the attack. 74 (... HOLTZ'S ESTATE V. COMMISSIONER 38 T.C. Moreover, the issue before us is considerably more complex than the apparently straightforward policy choice suggested by the interaction of the majority opinion and Justice Dolliver's dissent. Reliance on statistics alone to prove proximate cause may lead to unjust results. The main issue we will address in this opinion is whether a patient, with less than a 50 percent chance of survival, has a cause of action against the hospital and its employees if they are negligent in diagnosing a lung cancer which reduces his chances of survival by 14 percent. Herskovits v. Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound In a wrongful death action, proof that the defendant's conduct increased the risk by decreasing the chances of survival of a plaintiff is sufficient as to the issue of proximate cause. Moreover, the statistics relied on did not take into consideration the location of the tumor; therefore, their relevance to Mr. Herskovits' case must be questioned. Rather, the testimony establishes only that the alleged negligence caused a substantial reduction in Mr. Herskovits' long-term chance of survival. FARKAS V. WILLIAMS, 5 Ill. 2d 417, 125 N.E. 368 F.2d at 632. No. If you want a trite 20 second explanation about the law, and most law students do, do not read anything we publish. Facts Herskovits consulted Group Health Hospital (GHH) (defendant), operated by Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound (defendant), complaining of chest pain and coughing. To summarize, in Hicks v. United States the decedent was deprived of a probability of survival; in Jeanes v. Milner the decedent's chance of survival was reduced from 35 percent to 24 percent; in O'Brien v. Stover, the decedent's 30 percent chance of survival was reduced by an indeterminate amount; in McBride v. United States the decedent was deprived of the probability of survival; in Kallenberg v. Beth Israel Hosp. Hicks is susceptible to two interpretations. Is it fair to not allow anyone to collect if they have less than a 50 percent chance of surviving overall? Compare Madigan v. Teague, 55 Wn.2d 498, 348 P.2d 403 (1955) (joint tortfeasors found liable) with Scott v. Rainbow Ambulance Serv., Inc., 75 Wn.2d 494, 452 P.2d 220 (1969) (case dismissed because of plaintiff's failure to segregate his contribution to the damages). The lung was removed on July 1, 1975. 2d 295 (2005) CASE BRIEF. The Hamil court reiterated the oft-repeated principle of tort law that the mere occurrence of an injury does not prove negligence, but the defendant's conduct must be a proximate cause of the plaintiff's injury. If the tumor had been a stage 1 tumor in December 1974, decedent's statistical chance of surviving 5 years was 39 percent. Treating physicians at the GHH took a chest X-ray but did not perform any other tests. The Hamil court held that once a plaintiff has demonstrated that the defendant's acts or omissions have increased the risk of harm to another, such evidence furnishes a basis for the jury to make a determination as to whether such increased risk was in turn a substantial factor in bringing about the resultant harm. INTRODUCTION In Herskovits v. Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound,' the Supreme Court of Washington announced its will-ingness … Hence, it is pure speculation to suppose that the doctor's *642 negligence "caused" Mr. Herskovits to die sooner than he would have otherwise. Hicks v. United States, therefore, appears to be authority for no more than the proposition that proximate cause may be established on a probability of survival. Ann. Therefore, to prevent both A and B being relieved of liability, the "but-for" test is abandoned, and the question becomes whether the conduct of A or B was a substantial factor in causing the fire that injured C. Under this test, either A or B could be held liable for the damage. IN RE ESTATE OF JANES 681 N.E.2d 332 (1997) CASE B... MARSMAN V. NASCA 30 Mass. In Wooldridge v. Woolett, 96 Wn.2d 659, 638 P.2d 566 (1981), we held the value of a decedent's shortened life *645 expectancy was not recoverable as a separate item of damages in a survival action under RCW 4.20.046. 3. ... PATTERSON V. PATTERSON 266 P.3d 828 (2011) CASE BRIEF. This reasoning is flawed. As is usually true in such instances, the court is called upon to make a policy decision. A liberal construction of the statute appears a more effective method of achieving the most desirable end. GROUP HEALTH COOPERATIVE OF PUGET SOUND, Respondent. (Footnote omitted.) When the tumor was discovered in June 1975, it was a stage 2 tumor. The court found that in November 1972, the decedent was exhibiting symptoms and complaints that were consistent with cancer. In June 1975, his chances of survival were 25 percent assuming the tumor had progressed to "stage 2". DAWSON v. YUCUS 97 Ill. App. In early 1974, chest X-rays revealed infiltrate in the left lung. Nonetheless, justice must be dealt with an even hand. See also C. McCormick, Damages § 31 (1935); Wolfstone & Wolfstone, supra at 744. 2. As Dore J said in Herskovits v Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound (1983) 664 P 2d 474, 477: 'To decide otherwise would be a blanket release from liability for doctors and hospitals any time there was less than a 50 per cent chance of survival, regardless of how flagrant the negligence.' The underlying reason is that it is not for the wrongdoer, who put the possibility of recovery beyond realization, to say afterward that the result was inevitable. Herskovits died of lung cancer. Plaintiff's case was based on the testimony of the expert witness, Dr. Ostrow. In July of 1975, Herskovits' lung was removed, but no radiation or chemotherapy treatments were instituted. IN RE ESTATE OF RIGSBY 843 P.2d 856 (1992) CASE BRIEF. W. Prosser, at 244. The wife, because of the lack of help, took her husband to a private physician's office, where he died. The court then cited Restatement (Second) of Torts § 323 (1965) as authority to relax the degree of certitude normally required of plaintiff's evidence in order to make a case for the jury. Case: Herskovits v. Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound . 748 (193... UNION PLANTERS NATIONAL BANK V. INMAN, 588 S.W.2d ... ESTATE OF KREMLICK, 331 N.W.2d 228 (1983) CASE BRIEF. 86 (19... SCHILLING V. HERRERA 952 So.2d 1231 (2007) CASE BRIEF. 110, 951 p.2d 321 (1998) ..... 9 Keck v. Collins, 184Wn.2d 358,357 P.2d 1080 (September 2015)11, 15, 16 Matsuyama v. Birnbaum, The fourth case cited by plaintiff, McBride v. United States, is based upon the proposition that. Further, the judge decided that the cancer was indeed present in November 1972, and could have been treated or resected before metastasis. Both counsel advised that for the purpose of this appeal we are to assume that the respondent Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound and its personnel negligently failed to diagnose Herskovits' cancer on his first visit to the hospital and proximately caused a 14 percent reduction in his chances of survival. He testified that nothing the doctors at Group Health could have done would have prevented Herskovits' death, as death within several years is a virtual certainty with this type of lung cancer regardless of how early the diagnosis is made. Pursuant to CR 56(c), summary judgment is appropriate only where there is no genuine issue as to any material fact and the moving party is entitled to judgment as a matter of law. The physician prescribed cough medicine. There is a reasonable medical probability that defendant failed to take necessary steps to diagnose Mr. Herskovits' condition, and defendant therefore failed to meet the appropriate standard of care. Tribe I, supra; Dickson, supra; People v. Collins, 68 Cal. Thus, I would not resolve the instant case simply by focusing on the 14 percent differentiation in the chance to survive 5 years for the different stages of cancer. 2d 844, 262 P.3d 490 (2011), the Court expanded the “loss of chance of survival” cause of action established in Herskovits v. Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, 99 Wn.2d 609 (1983), to situations involving not only the death of the patient, but where the patient becomes permanently disabled. This is a “pretty tricky little case”. The personal representative of Leslie Herskovits' estate initiated this survivorship action against Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound (Group Health), alleging failure to make an early diagnosis of her husband's lung cancer. 1980). IN RE HONIGMAN, 8 N.Y.2d 244, 168 N.E.2d 676, 203 ... MATTER OF KUMSTAR , 487 N.E.2d 271 (1985) CASE BRIEF. While the statistical evidence introduced by the expert was relevant and admissible, it was not alone sufficient to maintain a cause of action. The plaintiff must show merely that the defendant's breach increased the risk of harm to the victim, at which point that jury can evaluate what harm the increased risk caused. THOMPSON v. ROYALL 163 Va. 492, 175 S.E. The Court of Appeals ruled that this compensation entitlement is limited to cases in which the injured patient cannot prove causation by a preponderance of the evidence due to her preexisting condition. App. But, until a formula is found that will protect doctors against liability imposed through speculation as well as afford truly aggrieved plaintiffs their just compensation, I cannot favor the wholesale abandonment of the principle of proximate cause. 91387-1 the supreme court of the state of washington received supreme court state of washington apr 28, 2015, 2:36pm by ronald r carpenter The first case, Hicks, was an action under the Federal Tort Claims Act, to recover damages for the death of a 25-year-old woman from an undiagnosed bowel obstruction. Usually the substantial factor test has been applied only in situations where there are two causes, either of which could have caused the event alone, and it cannot be determined which was the actual cause. The personal representative of Leslie Herskovits' estate initiated this survivorship action against Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound (Group Health), alleging failure to make an early diagnosis of her husband's lung cancer. 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