Achievements & Results

Court of Appeals Affirms Dismissal of SC Physician

Partners Lee Weatherly and Gary Lovell recently prevailed in the South Carolina Court of Appeals for a physician client in a case of first impression relating to South Carolina’s pre-suit expert affidavit requirement under the 2005 Tort Reform Legislation. The Court of Appeals affirmed a York County Trial judge finding that the Notice of Intent Statute, and South Carolina Law, mandate the filing of a contemporaneous expert affidavit alleging one act of negligence when Plaintiff files a Notice of Intent to sure a medical professional. Plaintiff argued, in opposition, that the general provisions of the 2005 Tort Reform Legislation in South Carolina automatically grant a Plaintiff an additional 45 days to file an expert affidavit in the Notice of Intent phase of the litigation when he is within 10 days of the expiration of the statute of limitations. The Court of Appeals ruled that this argument was not persuasive and upheld the trial court’s ruling, striking the Notice of Intent to File Suit from the record and ending the case.lee