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Cartwright, et al. v. Tong, M.D., et al.

Docket No. 20160293
Oral Argument: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 1:30 PM

Docket Info

Title
Roxane Cartwright and Tim Cartwright, Plaintiffs and Appellants
v.
Beverly Tong, M.D., and Great Plains
Women's Health Center, P.C., Defendants and Appellees
Case Type
CIVIL APPEAL : MALPRACTICE
Appeal From
Case No. 2016-CV-00556
Northwest Judicial District, Williams County
Paul W. Jacobson
2017 ND 146896 N.W.2d 638
Oral Argument 3/28/2017

Highlight

A prima facie case of medical negligence requires expert evidence establishing the applicable standard of care, violation of that standard, and a causal relationship between the violation and the harm complained of.
Under the "obvious occurrence" exception, the occurrence leading to the result must be obvious, not the result itself.
In a lack of informed consent case, expert medical testimony is generally necessary to identify the risks of treatment, their gravity, likelihood of occurrence, and reasonable alternatives.
Under N.D.C.C. § 28-01-46, the plain, ordinary and commonly understood meaning of the phrase "wrong organ" requires a doctor to perform a procedure on the incorrect organ. The "wrong organ" exception does not apply to performing an allegedly incorrect procedure on the correct organ.


Briefs

Filing Date Description
01/04/2017 APPELLANT BRIEF View
02/03/2017 APPELLEE BRIEF W/ Supplemental Appendix (PDF) View
02/16/2017 REPLY BRIEF (PDF) View

Counsel

Party Type Name
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Vanessa L. Lystad - 06862
APPELLANT PRIVATE PRACTICE Nathan Dale Severson - 06402
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Brenda L Blazer - 04155

(Note: Attachments may not be available for recently filed cases and/or confidential documents.)

Seq. # Filing Date Description Attachment
1 08/23/2016 NOTICE OF APPEAL : 08/23/2016
2 08/23/2016 ORDER FOR TRANSCRIPT : 08/26/2016
3 08/23/2016 ANNOUNCED DISQUALIFICATION : Kapsner, Carol Ronning
4 08/26/2016 NOT. OF FILING NOT. OF APPEAL AND PROOF OF SERV.
5 08/26/2016 Notice served on Nathan Severson, Brenda Blazer & Vanessa Anderson
6 09/21/2016 ELEC. RECORD ON APPEAL DATED September 20, 2016 (ENTRY NOS. 1 - 45)
7 09/29/2016 Parties directed to brief appealability
8 10/25/2016 ELECTRONIC TRANSCRIPT DATED June 20, 2016 & C.O.S.
9 10/26/2016 ELEC. 1st SUPP. RECORD ON APPEAL DATED October 25, 2016 (ENTRY NOS. 46 - 48)
10 12/01/2016 MOT. EXT/TIME APPELLANT BRIEF
11 12/01/2016 E-FILED MOTION
12 12/01/2016 ACTION BY CLERK - Granted : 01/04/2017
13 01/04/2017 APPELLANT BRIEF View
14 01/04/2017 E-FILED BRIEF
15 01/04/2017 APPELLANT APPENDIX
16 01/04/2017 E-FILED APPENDIX
17 01/10/2017 Received $25 surcharge for ATB (receipt #25004)
18 01/10/2017 Received 7 copies of ATB and 6 copies of ATA from CSD
19 02/03/2017 APPELLEE BRIEF W/ Supplemental Appendix (PDF) View
20 02/03/2017 E-FILED BRIEF (PDF)
21 02/07/2017 rec'd $25 e-filing surcharge for AEB (Receipt #25073)
22 02/07/2017 Rec'd 6 copies of AEB from CSD
23 02/16/2017 REPLY BRIEF (PDF) View
24 02/16/2017 E-FILED BRIEF (PDF)
25 02/21/2017 Rec'd 6 copies of RYB from Central Duplicating
26 02/23/2017 NOTICE OF ORAL ARGUMENT SENT
27 02/24/2017 SITTING WITH THE COURT : Herauf, William A.
28 03/28/2017 APPEARANCES: Nathan D. Severson; Brenda L. Blazer
29 03/28/2017 ARGUED: Nathan D. Severson; Brenda L. Blazer
30 03/28/2017 ORAL ARGUMENT WEBCAST
31 06/14/2017 DISPOSITION
32 06/14/2017 SPLIT OPINION : Crothers, Daniel John View
33 06/14/2017 Concurring specially : McEvers, Lisa K. Fair
34 06/14/2017 Dissenting : Herauf, William A.
35 06/14/2017 JOINING IN THE DISSENT : VandeWalle, Gerald W.
36 06/14/2017 COSTS ON APPEAL TAXED IN FAVOR OF APPELLEES
37 06/14/2017 Corrected/Substitute Opinion Page
38 06/19/2017 Judgment Sent to Parties
39 07/13/2017 MANDATE