Out-Of-State Medical Providers Can't Be Sued In Pa.: Court

Law360, Philadelphia (August 21, 2012, 10:05 PM EDT) -- Pennsylvania courts cannot assert jurisdiction over out-of-state medical providers, including corporate health care facilities, for malpractice claims in a case where a plaintiff later suffered injury in the state, the Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled Monday.

The court affirmed a dismissal of claims brought by patient April Mendel against Underwood Memorial Hospital in New Jersey, ruling that Underwood did not maintain continuous and substantial activities in Pennsylvania that would make it eligible under state law to be sued in Pennsylvania.

Mendel sued Underwood and a staff physician...
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