TT&H Attorneys Scott McCarroll and Julia Morrison Win Summary Judgment in Dauphin County Death Case
May 04, 2020
On May 4, 2020, Attorneys Scott McCarroll and Julia Morrison of TT&H’s Harrisburg office, won summary judgment in connection with a death action filed in Dauphin County. The matter involved an accidental fire that claimed the lives of two foster children and injured another. The Plaintiffs alleged that the Defendant, a company that vets foster parents and their homes, negligently investigated the children’s foster mother. It was alleged that, had the children not been placed in the home, they would not have been injured in the fire. In granting the Motion for summary judgment filed by Scott and Julia, the Court found that the accidental fire was not a foreseeable consequence of any alleged shortcomings in the vetting process completed by the Defendant. That said, the Defendant did not have any duty to prevent the harm suffered by the Plaintiffs. The Court also declined to find that the alleged shortcomings in the investigation were the proximate cause of the fire and the harm that ensued from it.