Washington Supreme Court
262 P.3d 490 (2011)
Linda Mohr (plaintiff) suffered a neurological medical event that caused her to drive her vehicle into a utility pole. Mrs. Mohr was taken by ambulance to the Kadlec Medical Center (KMC) emergency room. While at KMC, Mrs. Mohr was treated by Dr. Dale Grantham (defendant). Dr. Grantham ordered several neurological tests to be administered to Mrs. Mohr. The results of the tests were normal. However, Mrs. Mohr was observed to have neurological symptoms, including being wobbly on her feet and having severe pain. Dr. Grantham informed one of Mrs. Mohr’s physician sons by telephone that he would carry out another neurological assessment before discharging her but never did. Instead, Dr. Grantham prescribed a narcotic and sent Mrs. Mohr home with her husband without being provided with any discharge instructions. At that point, Mrs. Mohr was unable to walk herself to her front door. A couple of days later, Mrs. Mohr was again transported to KMC by ambulance. Throughout the day, the Mohrs’ physician sons attempted to convince KMC doctors to order further tests with only limited success. Mrs. Mohr suffered permanent brain damage. The Mohrs filed suit against KMC, Dr. Grantham, and others (collectively Defendants) for negligence. At trial, the Mohrs argued that Defendants’ negligence severely diminished Mrs. Mohr’s chance of recovery. The trial court granted Defendants’ motion for summary judgment on the ground that the Mohrs failed to show “but for” causation. The Mohrs appealed. The Washington Supreme Court granted certiorari to review.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Owens, J.)
Dissent (Madsen, C.J.)
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