It is worth noting that situations similar to those described in this medical malpractice case could just as easily occur at any of the healthcare facilities in the area, such as Kaiser Permanente, U.C. Davis Medical Center, Mercy, Sutter, or any skilled nursing facility.
(Please also note: the names and locations of all parties have been changed to protect the confidentiality of the participants in this wrongful death case and its proceedings.)
A defendant moving for Summary Judgment has the burden of presenting facts to negate an essential element of each cause of action or to show there is a complete defense to each cause of action. (Code Civ. Proc., § 437c, subd. (p)(2).) Where, as here, the plaintiff would have the burden of proof at trial by a preponderance of the evidence, the defendant must present evidence that would preclude a reasonable trier of fact from finding it was more likely than not that the material fact was true. (Aguilar v. Atlantic Richfield Co. (2001) 25 Cal.4th 826, 845.)
In this case, plaintiff has the burden of proving by a preponderance of the evidence that defendants’ treatment fell below the standard of care. To be entitled to Summary Judgment in their favor, defendants were required to present evidence that would preclude a reasonable trier of fact from finding it was more likely than not that their treatment fell below the standard of care. Only if defendants were successful in meeting this burden does the burden shift to plaintiff to demonstrate the existence of a triable issue of material fact. (Ferrari v. Grand Canyon Dories (1995) 32 Cal.App.4th 248, 252.) For more information you are welcome to contact Sacramento personal injury lawyer, Moseley Collins.
Unless the moving party meets its burden, Summary Judgment cannot be ordered, even if the opposing party does not respond sufficiently or at all. (Quintilliani v. Mannerino (1998) 62 Cal.App.4th 54, 59-60.) (See Part 6 of 13.)
For more information you are welcome to contact Sacramento personal injury lawyer, Moseley Collins.