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Medical Malpractice Law Appellate Court Opinion

by Agati, Taryn


AC44509 - Lastrina v. Bettauer and AC44510 - Lastrina v. Burnham ("In these medical malpractice actions, the plaintiff, Richard Lastrina, as conservator of the estate of his son Daniel Lastrina (Daniel), appeals from the judgments of the trial court granting the motions for summary judgment filed by the defendants, Evelyn Bettauer, a psychologist, and Bruce E. Burnham, a physician. The court granted summary judgment for each defendant, concluding that it would violate public policy to impose a duty on the defendants to protect Daniel from the harm caused by his own illegal conduct. On appeal, the plaintiff claims that the court improperly granted summary judgment for the defendants because there are genuine issues of material fact as to whether Daniel's illegal conduct (1) caused his injuries and (2) constituted "serious criminality." We disagree and, accordingly, affirm the judgments of the trial court.")