Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Court reverses summary judgment in negligence/medical malpractice case

ROSE JOHNSEY, Widow of Frederick Johnsey v. NORTHBROOKE (Tenn. Ct. App. May 14, 2009)

The plaintiff filed suit against a nursing home after her husband allegedly suffered a broken hip while he was a resident there. The nursing home filed a motion for summary judgment, asserting that the plaintiff could not prove the elements of her claim. The trial court concluded that the plaintiff''s claims were for medical malpractice rather than ordinary negligence, but the court found that under either theory summary judgment was appropriate. We agree with the court's conclusion that the plaintiff's claims sound in medical malpractice, but we find that the trial court erred in granting summary judgment. Therefore, we reverse and remand this case for further proceedings.

The full text of this opinion may be found at the TBA website:

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