Amy F. Goodusky, a former paralegal, rock 'n' roll singer and horseback riding instructor, is of counsel at O'Brien, Tanski & Young in Hartford.
Monday, April 27, 2009 | by Amy Goodusky | The Connecticut Law Tribune
Don't look now, but you may become a defendant in a lawsuit, especially if you are married. I am not speaking of divorce. This is personal injury law at its finest. Let me rephrase my introduction. You may be a defendant in a lawsuit if you are married, if you confide something to your spouse that provokes him or her, and if you also thereafter fail to allow for the possibility that your dearest might act on the provocation in an injurious manner. See Benoit, v. Edington, 2008 WL 4150267.
Monday, April 20, 2009 | by Amy Goodusky | The Connecticut Law Tribune
Practicing law is a delightful way to make a living for a person who hates to ask questions, in the way that being a working musician is a great profession for a codependent. Some days, as a medical malpractice defense attorney, it seems as if asking questions is all I do. There is written discovery. There are requests for admissions. Depositions follow. We have voir dire examination, wherein we ask complete strangers about such things as their spiritual beliefs, reading preferences, marital history and food allergies. As I prepared for a forthcoming trial, I ruminated about what I would really like to ask the jury. My post-verdict questions would look like this.
Monday, April 13, 2009 | by Amy Goodusky | The Connecticut Law Tribune
This column has previously been devoted to the vexing problem of questionably qualified experts. I expounded in a witty and appealing fashion about medical specialists who might cross the borders of their expertise, for instance, having an anesthesiologist give a good-faith opinion about podiatry, or a dentist assess the standard of care owed by a neurosurgeon. I wish to discuss another type of distressingly unqualified experts. A recent conversation with one such individual caused me to break out of my usual pattern of dealing with frustration by invading the office candy bowls and acquiring anything that vaguely resembled chocolate. I was in such need of nutritional narcosis by the time I finished the call that I headed straight for the mashed potatoes.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 | by Amy Goodusky | The Connecticut Law Tribune
Practicing law is a grim business. My clients are not here because they want to be. Being sued is not precisely a gleeful event. The facts of the cases themselves could cause the most sanguine individual to consider Russian roulette as a recreational pursuit.
Monday, March 16, 2009 | by Amy Goodusky | The Connecticut Law Tribune
Another pro se plaintiff who has brightened my life as a medical malpractice defense attorney is a woman I'll call "Frances." Frances brought her first claim a few years ago. Her lawsuit alleged various incidents of medical negligence, including one claim that she was spirited up to the roof of the hospital in question to have sexual relations with a physician, and possibly some space aliens. This had occurred around 1953.
Monday, March 9, 2009 | by Amy Goodusky | The Connecticut Law Tribune
Appellate work can be dicey. There are so many requirements for formatting, font styles, number of copies and, worst of all, deadlines. I find that when working on appellate issues, I require silence and large amounts of food.
Monday, March 2, 2009 | by Amy Goodusky | The Connecticut Law Tribune
Usually, this column is devoted to the lighter side of the legal profession. Maybe, as a music reviewer once noted about my vocal performance, the column is "occasionally somewhat pleasant" to read. What I wish to say here may not really be pleasant, to write or to read, and certainly is not intended to be funny.
Monday, February 2, 2009 | by Amy Goodusky | The Connecticut Law Tribune
My favorite pro se was a man I'll call Eddie. Eddie was a guest of the State of Connecticut, serving time for a felony or two. While in the tuna fish can, he experienced chest pain, whereupon they brought him to a local hospital, my client. Eddie claimed that while he was undergoing a stress test, he fell off the treadmill, sustaining sprains, strains, and various other not terribly detectable injuries, which were all of a permanent and disabling nature. He filed a lawsuit. Among other things, Eddie asserted that his civil rights had been violated. His complaint was drafted in ballpoint pen on lined yellow paper. He had highly legible handwriting and impeccable grammar.