Current through Acts 2021, ch. 595, and 2021EX3, ch. 7
Section 29-34-802 - Part definitions(a) As used in this part:(1) "Arising from COVID-19" means caused by or resulting from the actual, alleged, or possible exposure to or contraction of COVID-19, or caused by or resulting from services, treatment, or other actions in response to COVID-19, including, but not limited to: (A) Implementing policies and procedures to prevent or minimize the spread of COVID-19;(C) Monitoring, collecting, reporting, tracking, tracing, disclosing, or investigating COVID-19 exposure or other COVID-19-related information;(D) Using, designing, manufacturing, providing, donating, or servicing precautionary, diagnostic, collection, or other health equipment or supplies, such as personal protective equipment;(E) Closing or partially closing to prevent or minimize the spread of COVID-19;(F) Delaying or modifying the schedule or performance of any medical procedure; or(G) Providing services or products in response to government appeal or repurposing operations to address an urgent need for personal protective equipment, sanitation products, or other products necessary to protect the public;(2) "COVID-19" means the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, and coronavirus disease 2019, commonly referred to as COVID-19, including any mutation of SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19;(3) "Healthcare provider" means a healthcare practitioner, person, or facility licensed, authorized, certified, registered, or regulated under title 33, title 63, title 68, federal law or order, or an executive order of the governor, including but not limited to any employees, agents, or contractors of such a practitioner, person, or facility, and residents, interns, students, fellows, or volunteers of an accredited school or of such school's affiliated teaching or training hospitals or programs in Tennessee; and(4) "Person" means an individual, healthcare provider, sole proprietorship, corporation, limited liability company, partnership, trust, religious organization, association, nonprofit organization described in § 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code that is exempt from federal income taxation under § 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code, 26 U.S.C. § 501(a), or any other legal entity whether formed as a for-profit or not-for-profit entity.(b) Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, there is no claim against any person for loss, damage, injury, or death arising from COVID-19, unless the claimant proves by clear and convincing evidence that the person proximately caused the loss, damage, injury, or death by an act or omission constituting gross negligence or willful misconduct.(c)(1) In any claim alleging loss, damage, injury, or death arising from COVID-19, the claimant must file a verified complaint pleading specific facts with particularity from which a finder of fact could reasonably conclude that the alleged loss, damage, injury, or death was caused by the defendant's gross negligence or willful misconduct.(2) In any claim alleging loss, damage, injury, or death based on exposure to or contraction of COVID-19, the claimant must also file a certificate of good faith stating that the claimant or claimant's counsel has consulted with a physician duly licensed to practice in the state or a contiguous bordering state, and the physician has provided a signed written statement that the physician is competent to express an opinion on exposure to or contraction of COVID-19 and, upon information and belief, believes that the alleged loss, damage, injury, or death was caused by an alleged act or omission of the defendant or defendants.(3) The failure of a claimant to satisfy the requirements of subdivisions (c)(1) and (2), if required by subdivision (c)(2), shall, upon motion, make the action subject to dismissal with prejudice.(d) This part does not:(1) Create a cause of action;(2) Eliminate a required element of any existing cause of action;(3) Affect workers' compensation claims under the Workers' Compensation Law, compiled in title 50, chapter 6, including the exclusive application of such law; or(4) Amend, repeal, alter, or affect any immunity, defense, limitation of liability, or procedure available or required under law or contract.Added by 2020EX2 Tenn. Acts, ch. 1,s 1, eff. 8/17/2020.