DAMAGES-WRONGFUL DEATH AND SURVIVAL-LOSS FOR CHILD’S SOCIETY, COMFORT OR COMPANIONSHIP

June 17th, 2016 by Rieders Travis in Wrongful Death

Page v. Moses Taylor Hospital, Civil No. 11 CV 1402 (C.P. Lackawanna May 24, 2016) Nealon, J.  In paragraph 77 of the original Complaint, plaintiff sought to recover damages for her loss of the twins’ society, comfort and companionship.  AND NOW, this 24th day of May, 2016, upon consideration of “Defendant, Michael J. Kush, M.D.’s Motion in Limine to Preclude any Grief/Solatium/Bereavement Damages Under the Wrongful Death Act” and the “Motion in Limine of Defendants, Physicians Health Alliance, Inc., Francis E. Hamm, M.D. and Kristine M. McNulty, M.D., to Preclude any Evidence Regarding Grief/Solatium/Bereavement Damages Under the Wrongful Death Act,” and based upon the reasoning set forth above, it is hereby ORDERED and DECREED that “Defendant, Michael J. Kush, M.D.’s Motion in Limine to Preclude any Grief/Solatium/Bereavement Damages Under the Wrongful Death Act” and the “Motion in Limine of Defendants, Physicians Health Alliance, KInc., Francis E. Hamm, M.D. and Kristine M. McNulty, M.D., to Preclude any Evidence Regarding Grief/Solatium/Bereavement Damages Under the Wrongful Death Act” are both DENIED.

Attorney Cliff Rieders

Attorney Cliff RiedersCliff Rieders is a Nationally Board Certified Trial Lawyer practicing personal injury law. A large part of his practice involves multi-district litigation, including cases related to pharmaceuticals, vitamin supplements and medical devices. He is admitted in several state and federal courts, as well as the Supreme Court of the United States. Rieders is the past regional president of the Federal Bar Association and is a life member of the distinguished American Law Institute, which promulgates proposed rules adopted by many state courts. He is a past president of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, formerly Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association. As a founder of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, he served on the Board for 15 years.

Not only has Rieders held many highly esteemed, leadership positions, he authored legislation related to the Patient Safety Authority and the Mcare Act, which governs medical and hospital liability actions in Pennsylvania. He authored texts upon which both practitioners and judges rely, including Pennsylvania Malpractice Laws and Forms, and Financial Responsibility Law Issues in Pennsylvania, the latter governing auto and truck collisions in Pennsylvania. In addition, he wrote several books on the practice of law in Pennsylvania regarding wrongful death and survivor actions, insurance bad faith, legal malpractice claims and worker rights, among others. Rieders also serves as a resource to practitioners as a regular speaker for Celesq, an arm of the world’s largest legal publisher, Thomson Reuters West Publishing.

As recognition of his wide range of contribution to his profession and of his dedication to protecting the rights of his clients, he received numerous awards, among them the George F. Douglas Amicus Curiae Award, the Milton D. Rosenberg Award, the B’nai B’rith Justice Award, and awards of recognition from the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers. [ Attorney Bio ]

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