Fla. High Court Sets Harmless Error Test In Civil Cases

Law360, Miami (November 13, 2014, 9:51 PM EST) -- The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday set out a test for determining harmless error in civil trials that requires the beneficiary of the error to prove that it did not contribute to the verdict.

The state's highest court reversed a Fourth District Court of Appeal decision upholding a verdict in favor of a doctor in a medical malpractice suit over the 2003 death of 38-year-old Susan Special during a caesarian delivery.

The Supreme Court also ordered a new trial in the case after determining that the trial court committed harmful error when it excluded the cross-examination of a defense expert and...

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