Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.
Argued En Banc June 10, 2010

Before WASHINGTON, Chief Judge, RUIZ, GLICKMAN, FISHER, BLACKBURNE-RIGSBY, THOMPSON, and OBERLY, Associate Judges, REID*fn1 and KRAMER,*fn2 Associate Judges, Retired, and FARRELL, Senior Judge.

Appellant Terry Hedgepeth alleges that he suffered serious emotional distress after the doctor he saw at the Whitman Walker Clinic negligently informed him that he was HIV positive when, in fact, he was not. Appellant presented evidence that, as a result of the mistaken diagnosis, he was severely clinically depressed and suffered repercussions in his employment and personal life until another clinic correctly informed him that he was not afflicted with HIV, five years later. The Superior Court granted appellees’ motion for summary judgment on the grounds that appellant had failed to establish the requisite facts for the tort of negligent infliction of emotional distress, where there is no other harm. A division of this court affirmed, agreeing with the Superior Court that appellees’ alleged negligence did not place appellant within a “zone of physical danger,” as required for recovery of emotional distress damages by Williams v. Baker, 572 A.2d 1062 (D.C. 1990) (en banc). Hedgepeth v. Whitman Walker Clinic, 980 A.2d 1229 (D.C. 2009).

Reprints & Licensing
Mentioned in a Law.com story?

License our industry-leading legal content to extend your thought leadership and build your brand.

More From ALM

Premium Subscription

With this subscription you will receive unlimited access to high quality, online, on-demand premium content from well-respected faculty in the legal industry. This is perfect for attorneys licensed in multiple jurisdictions or for attorneys that have fulfilled their CLE requirement but need to access resourceful information for their practice areas.
View Now

Team Accounts

Our Team Account subscription service is for legal teams of four or more attorneys. Each attorney is granted unlimited access to high quality, on-demand premium content from well-respected faculty in the legal industry along with administrative access to easily manage CLE for the entire team.
View Now

Bundle Subscriptions

Gain access to some of the most knowledgeable and experienced attorneys with our 2 bundle options! Our Compliance bundles are curated by CLE Counselors and include current legal topics and challenges within the industry. Our second option allows you to build your bundle and strategically select the content that pertains to your needs. Both options are priced the same.
View Now

African Legal Awards (AFLA) 2022

September 02, 2022

The African Legal Awards recognise exceptional achievement within Africa s legal community during a period of rapid change.

Learn More

China Law & Practice Awards (CLPA) 2022

September 08, 2022

The annual China Law & Practice Awards is the jurisdiction's most prestigious legal awards ceremony that applauds China's elite.

Learn More

Texas Legal Awards (TXLA) 2022

September 14, 2022
Dallas, TX

The Texas Lawyer honors attorneys and judges who have made a remarkable difference in the legal profession in Texas.

Learn More

Operations/Human Resources Manager- Houston, Texas

The Offices of Domingo Garcia has an Operations\Human Resources manager position in the Houston office. The ideal candidate will have 5+ y...

Apply Now ›

Finance/Corporate Trust Lawyer - CT or Remote

We are seeking a lawyer with a minimum of five years of experience in transactional work to join our well-established, nationally renowned C...

Apply Now ›

Personal Injury Associate Attorney- Houston, Texas

Law Offices of Domingo Garcia is looking for a lawyer with at least three years of Plaintiffs Personal Injury litigation and trial experien...

Apply Now ›



DEASEY MAHONEY & VALENTINI LTD is proud to announce that Lauren M. Steins and Leanna B. Ruotanen have been named Partners of the firm.

View Announcement ›



Parrett, Porto, Parese & Colwell, P.C. welcomes attorneys Alison L. Broad and Andrew I. Schaffer as principals of the firm.

View Announcement ›



Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin mourns the loss of Robert J. Coleman, the last of its founding name partners.

View Announcement ›