This is a healthcare liability action arising from the death of the decedent, Melinda Dolman. Appellants, daughters of the decedent, filed this action against Appellees, Timothy Donovan, M.D., Brixey Shelton, M.D., Memphis Vascular Center, Memphis Radiological, P.C., and Memphis LeBonheur Healthcare. Appellees moved to dismiss the action for failure to comply with the notice requirement of Tennessee Code Annotated section 29-26-121. Specifically, Appellees challenged whether the medical authorization provided with the presuit notice letter was compliant with Tennessee Code Annotated section 29-26-121(a)(2)(E). Following a hearing on the motion, the trial court agreed with Appellees and dismissed the action. Appellants timely appealed. We affirm and remand.
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Wednesday, December 23, 2015
New Health Care Liability Action Opinion: Dismissal of Representaitve Plaintiffs' Claims by Trial Court Upheld on Appeal Due to Their Failure to Provide HIPAA-complaint Authorization as Required by Tenn. Code Ann. sec. 29-26-121(a)(2)(E)
The Tennessee Supreme Court just released its opinion in Dolman v. Donovan, No. W2015-00392-COA-R3-CV (Tenn. Ct. App. Dec. 23, 2015). Here is the summary from the opinion:
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New Health Care Liability Action Opinion: Trial Court's Dismissal of Claim as Being Time-barred Upheld on Appeal; Plaintiff's Deceased Not "Adjuciated Incompetent" so as to Toll the Statute of Limitations
The Tennessee Court of Appeals just released its opinion in Johnson v. UHS of Lakeside, LLC, No. W2015-01022-COA-R3-CV (Tenn. Ct. App. Dec. 23, 2015). The summary from the opinion is as follows:
Here is a link to the opinion:Plaintiff filed a health care liability action on behalf of her deceased husband. Plaintiff provided pre-suit notice more than one year after the cause of action accrued and subsequently filed a complaint. Defendant filed a motion to dismiss based on the applicable one-year statute of limitations. Plaintiff argued that her husband had been “adjudicated incompetent” within the meaning of Tennessee Code Annotated Section 28-1-106 and that the statute of limitations was accordingly tolled. The trial court dismissed Plaintiff‟s case with prejudice finding that the statute unambiguously required a judicial adjudication of incompetency in order to toll the statute of limitations, and Plaintiff‟s husband had not been judicially adjudicated incompetent within the meaning of the statute at the time the cause of action accrued. Discerning no error, we affirm.
Monday, December 14, 2015
New Health Care Liability Action Opinion: Plaintiff's Expert Struck for Failing to Disclose Financial Documents; Case Dimissed by Trial Court
The Tennessee Court of Appeals just released its opinion in Weatherspoon v. Minard, No. W2015-01099-COA-R3-CV (Tenn. Ct. App. Dec. 14, 2015). Here is the summary from the opinion:
Plaintiff filed this health care liability action against the defendant doctor in 2000 and voluntarily non-suited it in 2008. Plaintiff re-filed the action in 2009. The defendant moved to exclude the plaintiff‟s standard-of-care expert for his failure to produce certain financial documents. The trial court granted the motion and excluded the expert five days before the scheduled trial date. Plaintiff requested leave to employ another standard-of-care expert in the five days before trial, which the trial court denied. The trial court ultimately dismissed the plaintiff‟s entire case because, without a standard-of-care expert, he was unable to state a health care liability claim. Plaintiff appealed, arguing that the trial court abused its discretion when it did not permit him to “emergently arrange” for an expert in the five days preceding the scheduled trial date. Discerning no error, we affirm.
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Thursday, December 03, 2015
New Health Care Liability Action Opinion: Court of Appeals Upholds Trial Court's Dismissal Due to Failure to Comply with Presuit Notice Requirements
The Tennessee Court of Appeals just issued its opinion in Bray v. Khuri, No. W2015-00397-COA-R3-CV (Tenn. Ct. App. Dec. 3, 2015). The summary of the opinion states as follows:
This is a health care liability action arising from decedent’s death. Appellant filed this action against Dr. Radwan Khuri. Dr. Khuri moved to dismiss this action for failure to comply with the notice requirement of Tennessee Code Annotated section 29-26-121 et seq. Specifically, Dr. Khuri challenged whether the medical release provided with the pre-suit notice letter was compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”). The trial court agreed with Dr. Khuri and dismissed the action with prejudice. Appellant timely appealed. We affirm.
Here is a link to the opinion:http://www.tsc.state.tn.us/sites/default/files/braydeborahopn.pdf