TISH WALKER, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS ADMINISTRATOR OF THE ESTATE OF LISA JO ABBOTT v. DR. SHANT GARABEDIAN (Tenn. Ct. App. December 28, 2011)
This appeal concerns the application of the locality rule in a medical malpractice case. The trial court excluded the testimony of the plaintiff's medical expert, based on the locality rule. On this basis, the trial court granted summary judgment to the defendant physician. The plaintiff appeals. We vacate the order excluding the testimony of the plaintiff's expert and the grant of summary judgment, and remand for reconsideration in light of the Tennessee Supreme Court's recent decision Shipley v. Williams, 350 S.W.3d 527 (Tenn. 2011).
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