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Judges dismiss interlocutory appeal in Weinberger suit as untimely

February 18, 2014

The Indiana Court of Appeals has dismissed a patient’s interlocutory appeal in his medical malpractice lawsuit against former doctor Mark Weinberger and related entities, finding it has no jurisdiction to entertain the appeal.

Robert Durall sued Weinberger, his practice and other related businesses after determining that Weinberger performed unnecessary surgeries to correct sinus problems. Durall is just one of hundreds of former patients who sued Weinberger, who fled the country as these claims mounted against him.

The defendants asked the court to limit Durall’s negligence claims solely to Weinberger, bar Durall from recovering emotional damages arising from Weinberger’s flight to Europe, and to dismiss Durall’s claims as untimely.

The trial court granted the defense’s first two requests and otherwise denied the motion. Durall filed a motion to reconsider the Nov. 19, 2012, order on Jan. 7, 2013. The trial court certified its order and the denial of the motion to reconsider for discretionary interlocutory appeal.

In Robert Durall v. Mark S. Weinberger, M.D., Mark Weinberger, M.D., P.C., Merrillville Center for Advanced Surgery, LLC, and Nose and Sinus Center, LLC, 45A03-1304-CT-103, Senior Judge Carr Darden pointed out that Durall failed to comply with Indiana Appellate Rule 14(B) by not appealing the Nov. 19 order within 30 days. The trial court also did not comply with Rule 14(B)’s requirements for belated certification of appeals. Without proper certification, “we have no jurisdiction to entertain an interlocutory appeal,” Darden wrote.

 

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