Tierney v. Elim Park Baptist Home, Inc., CV196092905

CourtSuperior Court of Connecticut
Writing for the CourtJon C. Blue, Judge Trial Referee.
Decision Date07 October 2019
PartiesLouise TIERNEY v. The ELIM PARK BAPTIST HOME, INC. et al.
Docket NumberCV196092905



No. CV196092905

Superior Court of Connecticut, Judicial District of New Haven, New Haven

October 7, 2019



Jon C. Blue, Judge Trial Referee.

The Motion To Dismiss now before the court contends that the plaintiff’s admitted "failure to attach to her Complaint a written similar health care provider opinion letter and certificate of good faith" renders the service of process insufficient pursuant to Conn. Gen. Stat. § 52-190a. The plaintiff objects on the ground that her complaint alleges "ordinary negligence incurred during treatment of a patient." Given the gross nature of the alleged negligence in this case, the plaintiff has the better argument.

The plaintiff, Louise Tierney, commenced this action by service of process on May 8, 2019. She is the sole plaintiff. The defendants are The Elim Park Baptist Home, Inc. and Elim Park Foundation, Inc. (collectively referred to as "Elim").

Tierney’s Complaint alleges that on May 16, 2017 she was admitted to Elim "for the purposes of rehabilitation following an injury to her knee." While "confined to a bed," she "began to develop a painful rash all over her body." The Complaint alleges that Tierney "informed Elim "of the rash and her extreme pain." According to the Complaint, Elim "ignored her pleas for assistance and care causing the rash to spread and worsen," resulting in various injuries. The Complaint alleges that these injuries were caused by Elim’s negligence in that:

a. It failed to respond to her calls for assistance
b. It failed to treat the rash appropriately
c. It failed to adequately train its staff; [and]
d. It failed to hire appropriate staff

The Complaint admittedly contains no similar health care provider opinion letter or certificate of good faith.

On July 12, 2019, Elim filed the Motion To Dismiss now before the court. The Motion was argued on October 7, 2019.

Conn. Gen. Stat. § 52-190a(a) provides that, "No civil action ... shall be filed ... in which it is alleged that ... injury ... resulted from the negligence of a health care provider" without a certificate of good faith and "a written and signed opinion of a similar health care provider ... that there appears to be evidence of medical negligence." A failure to obtain and file such a written opinion is "grounds for the dismissal of the action." Sec. 52-190a(c).

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