STEPHANIE AND EDDIE WOODARD v. LAWRENCE B. GROSS, M.D., EDUARDO V. BASCO, M.D., AND METHODIST HEALTHCARE-MEMPHIS HOSPITALS - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Sep 10, 2012

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Duncan E. Ragsdale, Memphis, Tennessee for Plaintiff/Appellants Stephanie and Eddie Woodard

Attorneys 2:

Katherine M. Anderson, Memphis, Tennessee for Defendant/Appellees Lawrence B. Gross, M.D. and Eduardo V. Basco, M.D.

Leigh M. Chiles and Quinn N. Carlson, Memphis, Tennessee for Defendant/Appellee Methodist Healthcare-Memphis Hospitals

Judge(s): KIRBY

This is a medical malpractice case. The plaintiff patient presented at the hospital emergency room with chest pains; a stent replacement was performed. Three months later, the plaintiff’s treating physician told the plaintiff that she had suffered a heart attack during the stent replacement. The plaintiff obtained all her medical records and filed a lawsuit against the surgeon who performed the stent replacement. This lawsuit was later dismissed without prejudice. After the plaintiff substituted counsel and the plaintiff’s substituted attorney reviewed the medical records, the plaintiff filed a new lawsuit against the emergency room physicians, asserting that they were negligent prior to the stent replacement. The emergency room physicians filed a motion for summary judgment, based in part on the three-year statute of repose. The trial court granted summary judgment in favor of the defendant emergency room physicians, finding that the statute of repose had run on the plaintiff’s claim. The plaintiff patient appeals, arguing that there is an issue of disputed fact as to whether the defendant physicians engaged in fraudulent concealment, so as to toll the time limit under the statute of repose. We affirm.

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