Lack of Certificate of Good Faith Dooms Death Suit Against Nursing Home

SHEILA DUNLAP v. LAUREL MANOR HEALTH CARE, INC.
Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys:

Lyle H. Moe, Maryville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Sheila Dunlap, individually and as personal representative of the estate of Victoria Adkins.

Marc A. Sorin, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellee, Laurel Manor Health Care, Inc.

Judge: SUSANO

Sheila Dunlap (“plaintiff”) brought this action alleging liability for the wrongful death of her daughter (“deceased”) on the part of the nursing home operated by Laurel Manor Health Care, Inc. (“defendant”) where deceased was living. Although the allegations of the complaint were couched in terms of ordinary negligence, the trial court determined that the cause of action was one for medical malpractice. The court dismissed the complaint for failure to comply with Tenn. Code Ann. § 29-26-122, which requires the filing a certificate of good faith with a medical malpractice complaint. We hold that the plaintiff’s claims that the nursing home failed to properly administer medication and a medical device prescribed by a physician, and failed to monitor the medical condition of the deceased at all times prior to her death, sound in medical malpractice. Consequently, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.

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