The COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped the manner in which attorneys practice law. In-person contact has been limited. Office staff is working staggered schedules. Meetings, depositions, and even trials are being held virtually across the Commonwealth and the nation. Life as a trial lawyer has changed dramatically.
Similarly, medical practitioners have been forced to adapt to this crisis. Separate and apart from those medical professionals treating patients diagnosed with COVID-19, internists, pediatricians, surgeons, specialists, and nurse practitioners alike have made changes to the manner in which they provide patient care. Just as trial lawyers have been working virtually, using media platforms to interact with colleagues and the court, medical professionals have been relying on telemedicine to provide patient care.
The increase in use of telemedicine by practitioners will most assuredly impact all phases of medical malpractice litigation, including standard of care, choice of venue, and discovery.