Super proud to settle part of a medical malpractice case for the Irving Family.
We settled part of the case as some defendants accepted responsibility. We will continue to pursue the ones who have not.
See the video below for Shaneka and I talking about wrongful death settlement law.
But, I will not talk about it too much here for two reasons: First, confidentiality is often part of med mal settlements.
Also, did you know there is an ethics rule about pre-trial publicity?
Rule 4-3.6 provides:
TRIAL PUBLICITY(a) A lawyer who is participating or has participated in the investigation or litigation of a matter shall not make an extrajudicial statement that the lawyer knows or reasonably should know will be disseminated by means of public communication and will have a substantial likelihood of materially prejudicing an adjudicative proceeding in the matter.
But a lawyer may state:
(1) the claim, offense, or defense involved, and, except when prohibited by law, the identity of the persons involved;
(2) information contained in a public record;
(3) that an investigation of a matter is in progress;
(4) the scheduling or result of any step in litigation;
(5) a request for assistance in obtaining evidence and information necessary thereto;
(6) a warning of danger concerning the behavior of a person involved, when there is reason to believe that there exists the likelihood of substantial harm to an individual or to the public interest; and
(7) in a criminal case, in addition to Rule 4-3.6(b)(1) to (b)(6):
(i) the identity, residence, occupation, and family status of the accused;
(ii) if the accused has not been apprehended, information necessary to aid in apprehension of that person;
(iii) the fact, time, and place of arrest; and
(iv) the identity of investigating and arresting officers or agencies and the length of the investigation.
But what happens when the other side talks? Well then:
(c) Notwithstanding Rule 4-3.6(a), a lawyer may make a statement that a reasonable lawyer would believe is required to protect a client from the substantial undue prejudicial effect of recent publicity not initiated by the lawyer or the lawyer’s client. A statement made pursuant to this Rule 4-3.6(c) shall be limited to such information as is necessary to mitigate the recent adverse publicity.