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Case No. 19-0273

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Danielle Becerra-Shaffer, Staci Boyer, John Douglas, Michael Prevost and Danny Wilson
v.
Central Iowa Hospital Corporation d/b/a Iowa Methodist Medical Center

Appellant

Danielle Becerra-Shaffer, Staci Boyer, John Douglas, Michael Prevost and Danny Wilson

Appellee

Central Iowa Hospital Corporation d/b/a Iowa Methodist Medical Center

Attorneys for Appellant

Matt J. Reilly

Attorneys for Appellee

Jack Hilmes, Kevin J. Driscoll, Erik P. Bergeland, Andrew T. Patton, and Jeffrey R. Kappelman

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
19-0273
Date Published:
Sep 23, 2020
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Randy V. Hefner, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Tabor and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Schumacher, J.  (9 pages)

            Plaintiffs appeal the district court’s decision granting summary judgment to Central Iowa Hospital Corporation, operating as Iowa Methodist Medical Center (IMMC), on their claims of negligence and infliction of emotional distress arising from the actions of a pharmacy technician.  OPINION HOLDS: The appellants concede that they were not actually exposed to a communicable disease.  We conclude their claims for emotional distress are too remote and speculative for them to be entitled to relief and were unreasonable as a matter of law.  We conclude the district court properly granted summary judgment to IMMC.

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