Charleston, South Carolina (PRWEB) September 19, 2014
The South Carolina Supreme Court’s Opinion No. 27423 filed July 23, 2014, Wilkinson v. East Cooper Community Hospital, Appellate Case No. 2012-213464, reconciled the procedures for filing a medical malpractice act within South Carolina’s tort reform statute. According to the July 23, 2014 Justia.com Opinion Summary, before this opinion, the South Carolina Court of Appeals had ruled in a case "Ranucci v. Crain," (723 S.E.2d 242 (Ct. App. 2012)) ("Ranucci I"), that a Plaintiff in a medical malpractice case did not have the same rights as those in any other professional case; a Plaintiff was required to file an expert Affidavit with the Notice of Intent regardless of if the statute of limitations was set to expire. In all other cases, the party could supplement an Affidavit 45 days later. This resulted in a practical effect of preventing medical malpractice plaintiffs from having anyone willing to take their cases near the expiration of the statute of limitations.
"Hughey Law Firm LLC client, Vicki Wilkinson, came to Charleston SC attorney Nathan Hughey after experiencing what she believed was medical malpractice," states attorney Nathan Hughey. "This new ruling opens up those who have been victims of medical malpractice to have the full three years to have someone review their case and restores Ms. Wilkinson’s case."
The full South Carolina Supreme Court’s Opinion No. 27423, Wilkinson v. East Cooper Community Hospital, Appellate Case No. 2012-213464, can be viewed on the following link on the South Carolina Judicial Department website: http://www.judicial.state.sc.us/opinions/HTMLFiles/SC/27423.pdf
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