News — Voir Dire and Opening Statement

$10.8 Million Medical Malpractice Verdict during COVID-19

On August 25, 2020, Blair County, PA, attorneys Brendan Lupetin and Greg Unatin received a $10.8 million-dollar verdict for their clients in a medical malpractice case. The plaintiff suffered life altering brain damage after being given medication for an MRI that caused an allergic reaction that sent him into cardiac arrest. The hospital not only failed to respond to the plaintiff’s allergic reaction in a timely manner, they further failed to outfit the MRI room the plaintiff was in with an emergency drug box, which should have been present per the hospital’s own policy. The client had a heart attack...

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A ‘Brutally Honest’ Approach to Voir Dire and Opening Statements

Reviewed by J. Nate Bingham Originally published in the June 2020 issue of Trial News, the monthly publication from the Washington State Association for Justice.  I will never forget my first time conducting voir dire as a Rule 9 intern. Although I Googled "voir dire" the night before, I had never seen it happen until I had to get up and do it. It went just as poorly as you would expect—I awkwardly asked a bunch of questions while the jurors avoided making eye contact and did their best not to get called on. When it was finally time to exercise peremptory challenges, I had lost track...

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