Injury During Wilderness Therapy Subject to Utah Malpractice Law

July 12, 2021, 2:53 PM

A youth suing a wilderness therapy program for injuries he sustained while rock climbing must follow Utah’s medical malpractice procedural rules, because the injury related to health care rendered by a health-care provider, the state’s top court said.

Wingate Wilderness Therapy LLP was acting as a health-care provider and providing health care within the meaning of the Utah Health Care Malpractice Act when Jacob Scott was hiking and rock climbing as part of his behavioral therapy treatment, the Utah Supreme Court said in response to a question posed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Scott was ...

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