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Frederick White, personal representative of the estate of Marianne Ross, et al. v. Curt M. Watkins, et al.

The instant appeal has its origins in an order of the Circuit Court for Wicomico County granting a motion in limine to strike the opinions and testimony of two medical causation experts. Frederick White, as personal representative of the estate of Marianne Ross, and Rochelle Delguzzo, appellants, sought to call as their experts James H. Grendell, M.D. and Javid Sheikh, M.D., in appellants’ medical malpractice action against appellees, Curt M. Watkins, M.D. and Peninsula Allergy & Asthma Associates, P.A. (“Peninsula”). In its order, the circuit court concluded that Dr. Grendell and Dr. Sheikh each lacked a sufficient factual basis under the Frye-Reed standard to give their opinions that the ingestion of aspirin caused Ross’s acute and, ultimately fatal, pancreatitis.

Appellants present one question on appeal, which we have recast into two:

1. Did the trial court err in applying the Frye-Reed standard to the medical causation opinions of appellants’ experts, Dr. Grendell and Dr. Sheikh?

2. Did the trial court err in excluding the medical causation opinions of appellants’ experts, Dr. Grendell and Dr. Sheikh, on the grounds that such opinions lacked a sufficient factual basis under the Frye-Reed standard?

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