Montoya v. Allstate Insurance Company
ORDER accepting 98 Report and Recommendations, and granting in part and denying in part 75 Motion to Limit Plaintiff's Expert Testimony, by Judge Lewis T. Babcock on 4/26/16.(dkals, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
LEWIS T. BABCOCK, JUDGE
Civil Case No. 14-cv-02943-LTB-KMT
ALLSTATE INSURANCE COMPANY,
This case is before me on the recommendation of the Magistrate Judge issued and
served on April 5, 2016 (Doc 97). Both parties have failed to file specific written objections
to the Magistrate Judge’s recommendation and are therefore barred from de novo review.
Accordingly, it is
ORDERED that the recommendation is accepted and Defendant Allstate’s Motion
to Limit Plaintiff’s Expert Testimony (Doc 75) is GRANTED IN PART AND DENIED IN
PART as follows:
To the extent that any non-retained expert that any non-retained expert
reviewed another treating medical provider’s records for any purpose other
than during and for his or her direct treatment of the Plaintiff, testimony about
those medical records are barred because no after-the-fact medical record
review opinions were provided in the form of a compliant Fed.R.Civ.P.
26(a)(2)(B) report as required. The non-retained experts are allowed to
testify about medical records reviewed as part of the expert’s own treatment,
including how those records may have influenced the testifying expert’s
Any testimony from a treating medical provider listed in Plaintiff’s expert
disclosures regarding the reasonableness of any medical expenses or costs,
including their own, and whether any such expenses are/were necessary are
barred because none of the experts listed by Plaintiff were properly disclosed
under Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(a)(2)(B) to render opinion testimony on this topic. The
court finds that this kind of opinion is elicited, not for treatment of the patient,
but rather in anticipation of and for trial. On those topics, the expert would
be required to prepare, sign and have disclosed a report under the Rule.
The non-retained experts are permitted to testify to matters generally within
the scope of their medical records prepared in conjunction with treatment of
the Plaintiff, including conclusions or opinions necessarily formed at the time
of treatment about matters such as causation, prognosis and standard of
care. Further, Dr. Schneider is barred from giving opinion testimony about
those matters set forth in a letter from Plaintiff’s counsel where Dr. Schneider
specifically answered three questions, the first being directed at causation of
the Plaintiff’s hip condition with respect to an automobile accident occurring
one year previous to surgery. Those opinions were formed and rendered in
anticipation of litigation and therefore, at least as to that part of Dr.
Schneider’s testimony, Dr. Schneider was required to prepare, sign, and
have disclosed a Report consistent with Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(a)(2)(B). The Court
finds that the answers submitted on the letter prepared by counsel for Plaintiff
do not meet the qualifications to be a compliant Report under the Rule.
BY THE COURT:
s/Lewis T. Babcock
LEWIS T. BABCOCK, JUDGE
DATED: April 26, 2016
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