Medical Malpractice

 
In 1979, P, a 61-year-old man, is operated on by Dr. D for removal of his appendix and gall bladder. On February 18, 1979, P suffers severe abdominal pains. An X-ray taken that day reveals a hemostat inside P's side. P dies February 22, 1979. Doctors A and B perform an autopsy on P prior to interment. P's executor sues Dr. D for malpractice and wrongful death. Dr. D's negligence is conceded, but the cause of death is contested. A testifies for the plaintiff that the hemostat killed P. B testifies for the defendant that D died of other causes. What is the role of the experts, judge, and jury in this situation?


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