Court: Utah Supreme Court
Citation: 2021 UT 28
Opinion Date: July 9, 2021
Areas of Law: Personal Injury
The Supreme Court answered a certified question posed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit regarding the reach of the Utah Health Care Malpractice Act (Act), Utah Code 78B-3-401 through 426, by concluding that the Act applied in this case involving an injury sustained while climbing a rock formation during a “wilderness therapy” excursion.
Jacob Scott sued Wingate Wilderness Therapy, LLC seeking relief for injuries he sustained as a minor while rock climbing during a wilderness therapy hiking excursion. The federal district court granted Wingate’s motion to dismiss, concluding that the Act applied to Scott’s claims and that Scott (1) failed to file his action within the two-year statute of limitations, and (2) failed to comply with the Act’s procedural requirements. Scott appealed, arguing that the district court erred in finding that his injuries arose out of the health care provided by Wingate. The circuit court certified a question to the Utah Supreme Court, which answered by holding that, under the circumstances of this case, the Act applied to Scott’s claims.
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