Carroll and Shaeffer earn summary judgment

HAT attorneys and shareholders Hunter Carroll and Christopher Shaeffer recently earned a summary judgment in a wrongful death case pending in arbitration. The plaintiff in this case asserted that a nursing home’s actions led to a resident’s death, and the case was successfully moved from a Dallas County, Alabama, case filing to binding arbitration. The pre-trial discovery included a deposition during which the estate representative admitted she did not think the actions of the facility caused her mother’s passing. Afterward, Carroll and Shaeffer filed a motion for summary judgment, asserting insufficient proof of the claim. Ultimately, the arbitrator agreed and held that the facility did not breach the standard of care and that any alleged breach did not cause death.