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Case Name: Maria Yolanda Marcano Rivera v.
Court: US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit; on appeal from the District Court of Puerto Rico
Date: July 15, 2005
Type of expert: Life care planning. Economic consulting. Frank Woodrich, life-care planner
Issue: Is physician review necessary when estimating costs of future care?
Summary of case: Baby Fabiola was diagnosed with neonatal asphyxia and seizures shortly after birth. The trial found these injuries the result of negligence during the babys delivery. As a result Fabiola requires a caregiver for the rest of her life, from never being able to see, walk, or communicate.
Role of the expert: Plaintiffs expert, a life-care planner, testified regarding the projected costs of Fabiolas future care.
Expert analysis: Defendant objected that the experts testimony was based on unreliable methodology, on the grounds that a physician did not review the projections. The Court determined the expert was well-qualified as an expert on rehabilitation and life-care planning. A physicians further review of his projections regarding the infants future medical needs was not necessary.
Summary prepared by J. Price, Student,