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Willey v. Glasgow Internal Medicine Associates, P.A.

Superior Court of Delaware

February 16, 2018

NICOLE WILLEY, Individually, and as personal representative of the estate of MICHAEL WILLEY, and as parent and next friend of MARISSA WILLEY, a minor, Plaintiffs,
v.
GLASGOW INTERNAL MEDICINE ASSOCIATES, P.A., ANTHONY VASILE, D.O., CURT BLACKLOCK, D.O., CHRISTIANA CARE HEALTH SERVICES, INC., a Delaware Corporation, Defendants.

          Submitted: February 1, 2018

         Upon Review of the Affidavit of Merit - Accepted

          Joshua Meyeroff, Esquire, Gregory S. McKee, Esquire, Katherine J. Sullivan, Esquire, Stephen J. Milewski, Esquire, Timothy E. Lengkeek, Esquire.

          ORDER

          ABIGAIL M. LEGROW, JUDGE.

         On February 1, 2018, Defendant Vasile moved to have the Court review Plaintiffs' affidavit of merit, in camera, to determine whether it complies with 18 Del. C. § 6853(a)(1) and (c). Specifically, Defendant asks the Court to determine whether the affidavit of merit:

a) Is signed by an expert witness as defined in 18 Del. C. § 6853(c);
b) Is accompanied by a curriculum vitae for each expert;
c) States all its opinions with reasonable medical probability;
d) Includes an opinion that there has been healthcare medical negligence against each defendant;
e) States that the expert gives an opinion that each breach against each defendant was a proximate cause of injuries alleged in the complaint;
f) Includes a curriculum vitae that establishes that each expert is licensed to practice medicine as of the date of the affidavit;
g) Includes a curriculum vitae that establishes that each expert, for the three years preceding the negligent act, has been engaged in the treatment of patients and/or in the teaching/academic side of medicine in the same or similar field of medicine (pulmonology) as defendant;
h) Establishes that the expert is board certified in pulmonology.

         In Delaware, a healthcare negligence lawsuit must be filed with an affidavit of merit, signed by an expert, and accompanied by the expert's current curriculum vitae.[1] The expert must be licensed to practice medicine as of the affidavit's date and engaged in the same or similar field as the defendant in the three years immediately preceding the alleged negligence.[2] The affidavit must state that reasonable grounds exist to believe the defendant was negligent in a way that proximately caused the plaintiffs ...


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