March 1, 2017. Dominique Pollara obtained a defense verdict for a cardiothoracic surgeon in Sacramento County Superior Court in a case involving the evaluation and treatment of a woman who presented to the hospital with a Type B acute aortic dissection.
January 20, 2017. Dominique Pollara obtained a unanimous defense verdict for her client in a legal malpractice jury trial in Washoe County District Court in Reno Nevada. The case involved an attorney who had represented a family in a prior medical malpractice action. The underlying medical malpractice action had been dismissed and the family sued alleging negligence in the manner the medical malpractice action had been handled.
December 8, 2016. Dominique Pollara participated as a panelist in a presentation on “Representing Physicians in Medical Board Proceediings” at the Association of Defense Counsel Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
July 28, 2016. The Nevada Supreme Court issued a decision in Humboldt General Hospital v. Sixth Judicial District Court (132 Adv. Op. 53) in a case argued by Ms. Pollara before the Court last year in a case of first impression in the state. The Court took the unusual step of granting a Writ of Mandamus and ordering the lower court reverse its ruling in a case where the lower court refused to dismiss a battery cause of action in a medical malpractice case.
The underlying case concerned a patient in whom an IUD was inserted. Approximately a year later it was discovered the IUD was not FDA approved; although it came from the same manufacturer and was produced in an identical fashion to FDA approved IUDs. The patient was notified and subsequently sued claiming defendants committed malpractice and a battery because she never consented to insertion of a non-FDA approved device. However, the patient did not attach an expert affidavit to her complaint as required in medical malpractice cases in Nevada. Defendants moved to dismiss the entire action as fatally defective due to the lack of an affidavit; the trial court dismissed the medical malpractice cause of action but refused to dismiss the battery cause of action holding an expert affidavit was not required. A Writ subsequently was taken.
The Nevada Supreme Court held that when the scope of consent is in issue; rather than a complete lack of consent, then an expert affidavit is required and because none was attached the complaint must be dismissed.
Special thanks to Margo Piscevich, Esq. and her staff in Reno. A copy of the complete decision can be accessed here.
May 20, 2016. Ms. Pollara gave a presentation at the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys Annual Meeting Entitled “Licensing Boards for Medical Professionals.”
April, 2016. Ms. Pollara and Ms. Raven represented a Sacramento OB/GYN at trial in a medical malpractice lawsuit involving a gynecologic surgery wherein the patient suffered an unrecognized uterine and bowel perforation and presented four days later, after several phone calls to the physician, in septic shock requiring multiple surgeries and an ICU stay. The jury returned a unanimous defense verdict exonerating the physician after deliberating one and a half hours.
April 19, 2016. Ms. Pollara was a speaker at the Sacramento County Bar Association. She participated in a panel presentation on “Growing Your Practice.
February 15 and 16, 2016. Ms. Pollara gave two presentations in Fresno on hot topic issues in obstetrics including hypertensive emergencies, postpartum hemorrhage and shoulder dystocia. The presentations were entitled “Labor and Delivery in Litigation – and 11 on the 10 Pain Scale.”
January 23, 2016. Ms. Pollara was a speaker at a conference on care of Transgender Patients in Modesto California. She spoke on “Legal Issues in the Care Of Transgender Patients.”
December 10, 2015. Ms. Pollara was a speaker at the Association of Defense Counsel Annual Meeting in San Francisco. She participated in a panel presentation on “Electronic Medical Records – The New Healthcare Landscape.”
December, 2014. Dominique Pollara, Esq. opened the doors of a new law practice based in Sacramento, California. The Pollara Law Group represents physicians, allied health professionals, medical groups, and health care facilities in medical malpractice litigation, licensing and disciplinary matters throughout Northern and Central California and Nevada. Ms. Pollara has practiced law since 1984, is board-certified by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, and has tried more than 38 cases to verdict in California, Nevada and New York.