Following proper procedure is critical when it comes to preserving your legal rights. While some rules might seem a bit harsh the best lawyers know the rules and will make sure you do not lose your case simply because you did not dot your I’s and cross your T’s. The following case out of Rapides Parish demonstrates what can happen when a fax filed lawsuit is not followed up with the mailed petition in the proper time.
The Plaintiff in this case, Brenda Quire, was a patient suing her former physician for alleged battery and was asking for alleged damages she incurred under a physician’s medical care. The original lawsuit and filing fee were not received by the clerk of court within the required period of time. In short, she missed the deadline and consequently her case was dismissed.
The Defendant, the physician, filed an exception of prescription requesting the court to dismiss the case, which the court granted. An exception of prescription is a motion filed asking the court to dismiss a lawsuit without probing into the underlying claims, and to demonstrate that the plaintiff has no right to bring such action because the time period elapsed. This is a legalese way of saying the court dismissed Ms. Quire’s claims because she filed her lawsuit past the deadline to file.