The “New Scafidi Charge” in Medical Malpractice Cases
As one of the leading medical malpractice attorneys at the law firm of O’Connor Parsons Lane and Noble, William R. Lane, Esq. was an excellent choice to speak on the New Scafidi Charge during a Medical Malpractice Seminar held recently in New Jersey. The New Jersey Association for Justice, or NJAJ, held the class at their annual meeting in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Almost 2,000 people attended the meeting.
The New Scafidi Charge discussion pertained to the Jury Charge that a Judge gives to a jury in cases where there is a claim that a defendant doctor’s negligence combined with a pre-existing condition result in an injury or harm to the plaintiff. An example of when a Scafidi Charge is applicable is in delay in diagnosis of cancer cases.
A statewide association, the NJAJ is made up of more than 2,600 attorneys, as well as paralegals, law students, law clerks and law school graduates (waiting to pass the bar). The association provides continuing legal education classes, otherwise known as CLE classes to its members on a regular basis.
O’Connor Parsons Lane & Noble
William Lane is a managing partner in the O’Connor Parsons Lane & Noble firm. He specializes in personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice and cases that involve hospital negligence. O’Connor Parsons Lane & Noble is rated as a “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News and World Report. As part of that award winning team, Lane works side by side with other attorneys in the firm also recognized as Super Lawyers and have distinguished reputations.
Lane has been certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney. He has also received an “AV” – Pre-eminent Rating (highest available rating) by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading information services company to the legal profession. He has received numerous honors including the designation of “Super Lawyer” in New Jersey Monthly Magazine from 2008 to the present. Not only has Lane accumulated several personal awards, he has also received many notable awards and honors as a part of the O’Connor Parsons Lane & Noble law firm.
As a medical malpractice attorney, Lane began his career working cases that involved personal injury, medical malpractice and hospital negligence. Over the years, his level of experience has grown to the point where he is considered to be one of the very best in his field. As a member of ABOTA (American Board of Trial Advocates), the American Association for Justice, the Union County Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association and the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey, Lane is a well-known member of both the legal community as well as the community at large.
Lane received his education through Rutgers University (Bachelor’s Degree), and Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law in Macon, Georgia (Juris Doctorate degree). He is licensed to practice law in the State of New Jersey and in the U.S. District Court for the District of N.J.