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Hedgepeth v. Whitman Walker Clinic
Citation:980 A.2d 1229 (D.C. 2009)
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Terry Hedgepeth (plaintiff) sued Whitman Walker Clinic (defendant) for negligent infliction of emotional distress after finding out they had misdiagnosed him with HIV. For five years, the plaintiff had suffered from depression, suicidal thoughts, drug use, lost his job, lost connection with his family, and engaged in sexual intercourse with someone with HIV, under the presumption that he had HIV. The defendant moved for summary judgment on the grounds that the plaintiff did not suffer a physical injury as a result of the negligent misdiagnosis.
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