JAMES T. PATTERSON v. LINCOLN MEDICAL CENTER - Articles

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Posted by: Brittany Sims on Jun 24, 2015

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Robert S. Peters, Winchester, Tennessee, for the appellant, James T. Patterson.

Attorneys 2:

Reid D. Leitner and Leighann D. Ness, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Lincoln Medical Center a/k/a Lincoln County Hospital, a part of the Lincoln County Health System.

Judge(s): DINKINS

Suit was instituted under the Governmental Tort Liability Act and the Health Care Liability Act against a county-owned hospital four days after the patient gave the hospital notice of a potential health care liability claim. The trial court dismissed the complaint for failure to state a cause of action, holding that the patient did not demonstrate extraordinary cause to institute suit prior to the expiration of 60 days from giving notice of his claim under the Health Care Liability Act. Finding that the record does not establish extraordinary cause, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.

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