Indiana Medical Malpractice Act does not apply to claim of ordinary negligence

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Appellants-Plaintiffs, H.D., John Doss (Father), and June Doss (Mother) (collectively, the Dosses), appeal the trial court’s dismissal of their claims against Appellee-Defendant, BHC Meadows Hospital Inc. d/b/a Bloomington Meadows Hospital (Meadows), for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. The Dosses raise one issue for our review, which we restate as: Whether the Indiana Medical Malpractice Act applies to the Dosses’ claims against Meadows.
Conclusion (slip op. at 12):  We conclude that the trial court erred when it dismissed the Dosses’ claims for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.  Reversed and remanded.
Key Analysis (slip op. at 10, 12):  When plaintiffs articulate claims for ordinary negligence, unrelated to the provision of medical care or treatment, those claims do not fall within the scope of the Medical Malpractice Act . . . the Dosses have articulated claims of ordinary negligence and similar claims; we are particularly persuaded that an average juror is well equipped to consider those claims.

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