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  • Education
    • J.D., University of Kansas, 1977, Kansas Law Review, Vol. 25, 1976-77, Technical Editor; Order of the Coif; Phi Kappa Phi; Phi Delta Phi;
    • B.A., magna cum laude, Wichita State University, 1973, English Literature
Bill Yocum is an active trial lawyer who has represented health care organizations, institutions and professionals. He has extensive experience defending and trying numerous cases in all areas of personal injury litigation for both self-insured and insured clients at both the trial court and appellate levels.

Bill has extensive experience representing health care institutions in litigation, staff privileges and credentialing actions, and in representing physicians in matters involving the state medical boards and in licensure actions. He is able to put his comprehensive experience in health care to good use as a mediator, arbitrator or hearing officer in health care disputes. Bill is a Qualified Neutral with the American Health Lawyers Association Dispute Resolution Service and a member of Polsinelli’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group. Bill has developed his litigation experience in the health care arena over the last 25 years during which time he has defended physicians and health care institutions in medical malpractice cases. He has focused his practice on the representation of health care institutions and employed physicians directly in a full range of litigation and quasi-litigation matters.

Bill is also experienced in aviation litigation. His aviation practice includes the representation of flight schools, mechanics, product manufacturers and pilots. He handles complex aviation accident cases, including representing businesses impacted by those accidents and related disputes. He also provides legal advice on insurance coverage in aviation accident cases.
  • Represented an Arkansas hospital in a peer review panel hearing involving revocation of privileges of a member of the medical staff. The peer review panel voted to affirm the recommendation of the hospital’s Medical Executive Committee.
  • Represented medical staff members and hospital employees of a Kentucky hospital at a hearing before the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure seeking to discipline a medical staff member.
  • Represented a hospital in Kentucky in a peer review hearing wherin a staff physician contested discipline that was imposed by the hospital’s Medical Executive Committee.
  • Was the hearing officer in a peer review hearing involving a Salt Lake City hospital and a member of its medical staff.
  • Represented a pulmonologist before the Missouri Board of Healing Arts against an allegation that he provided inadequate care in failing to timely diagnose lung cancer
  • Represented an anesthesiologist/pain physician before the Texas Medical Board against allegations that he inappropriately prescribed opioids to pain patients and failed to properly document the medical record
  • Represented an internist before the Iowa Board of Medicine in an investigation related to physician impairment and possible disciplinary action
  • Represented the appeal board of another Salt Lake City hospital at the appeal of a physician who had been denied membership on the medical staff.
  • Obtained summary judgment for a Kansas City hospital against a staff privileges antitrust action brought by a physician who had been removed from the medical staff for inappropriate medical treatment of HIV/AIDS patients. Affirmed on appeal.
  • Obtained a summary judgment in favor of a Missouri health maintenance organization against a claim of negligent physician credentialing.  Affirmed on appeal.
  • Obtained defense verdict for a neurosurgeon who had been accused of negligently diagnosing and treating a spinal cord injury resulting in paraplegia in a young man. Affirmed on appeal.
  • Obtained defense verdict for physicians accused of negligently diagnosing and treating an eye infection in a young girl, resulting in blindness.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of an international flight training business against a claim that it provided negligent flight training.

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The "Educational Malpractice" Doctrine
DRI Today
March 22, 2012
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Products Liability Cases and Medical Malpractice Cases
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
Jan 10, 2009
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Products Liability Expert Witness Testimony
Missouri Bar Association Handbook Seminar Series
Jan 09, 2009
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Defense of the Architects in the Hyatt Skywalk Cases
Nebraska Bar Association Seminar
Jan 08, 2009
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The Biggest Legal Mistakes Physicians Make And How to Avoid Them
SEAK, Inc.