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Do Your Own Focus Groups!

By Tyler Goldberg-Hoss

Focus groups, or Jury Research Projects, as David Ball calls them, are a useful tool in trying to figure out what potential jurors might think about your case or elements of it. However, there are times when the economics of a case don’t justify hiring a professional. In such situations, it may be useful to use a more cost-effective method for determining elusive juror attitudes, like running your own focus group. You can do it.

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Delay in Diagnosing and Treating Compartment Syndromes

By Gene Moen

The body contains many closed spaces (compartments). They consist of a group of muscles, nerves, and vessels bound by relatively rigid walls of bone and a tough membrane (fascia). Compartment syndrome (CS) most commonly occurs in the legs but occasionally can occur in the arms and, more rarely, in other parts of the body. CS occurs when there is excessive pressure in a compartment, cutting off the blood supply to the cells and resulting in tissue, nerve, and muscle death. The problem arises when swelling or

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Presenting the Living Wrongful Death Plaintiff

By Tyler Goldberg-Hoss

It’s a situation not uncommon in medical malpractice: a delay in diagnosis of cancer. Often the damages are significant because when the cancer is finally detected, it has spread and the prognosis is not good. But perhaps your client’s doctors have not found metastatic spread yet, and he/she is doing reasonably well. You have just filed your case and are planning your discovery. And then it dawns on you; what are you asking for?

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Hiring a Work-Study Student is Like Buying a Home: This Is a Really Good Time to Do It

By Tyler Goldberg-Hoss

If you are an established lawyer and Washington State Association for Justice member, you may recall hearing an appeal to hire a work-study intern before. Yet now is arguably THE best time for all parties involved because of the state of the economy. The state budget crisis has meant cuts everywhere, including the work-study program. Still, if you hire an intern today you will likely be reimbursed 50 percent of the salary you pay him or her. You pay her $15, you get $7.50 of that back. That’s less than the

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Hospitalists: Better Care or More Potential Liability?

By Gene Moen

For many decades a hospital was primarily a physical facility where doctors would admit patients for care or surgery. The admitting doctor would then be in charge of the patient’s care while in the hospital: doing rounds on the patient, ordering medications and tests, and responding to nurses when called. It was a fairly simple model. Well, it’s not your father’s hospital any more. For the past decade there has been a rapidly accelerating trend toward hospitals having in-house physicians (called “hospitalis

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