THAMARA E. SORDO-VIEIRA is an Associate Attorney with Vandeveer Garzia. Her current focus includes defense litigation in personal injury, first-party automobile claims, third-party automobile negligence, premises liability and general negligence matters. Thamara defends both individuals and various national clients, including major insurance carriers throughout the State of Michigan. After college, Thamara worked as a Licensed Sales Producer for Allstate for approximately two years, before entering law school in 2014. While in law school, Thamara gained experience by representing misdemeanor defendants in district court through the Detroit Mercy Law Criminal Trial Clinic. She was the Vice-President for the Hispanic Law Student Association and class secretary. Thamara was a University of Detroit Mercy School of Law fellow and a recipient of the Dean’s Scholarship for Excellence. She earned multiple Book Awards for academic distinction, a CALI award in medical malpractice, and an award for oral advocacy distinction in the G. Mennen Williams Moot Court Competition. Thamara joined Vandeveer Garzia in 2016 as a Law Clerk.
University of Detroit Mercy, B. S., summa cum laude, Criminal Justice/ Criminology, 2012
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, cum laude, J.D., 2017
State Bar of Michigan 2017
United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan 2018
State Bar of Michigan
Women Lawyers’ Association of Michigan
Hispanic Bar Association of Michigan
American Bar Association
Judge rules in favor of Defendants holding that Plaintiff’s ordinary negligence claims sounded in medical malpractice and the statutory damage cap applies
Estate of Aaron Kelly Miller v Angels’ Place
Thamara Sordo-Vieira prepared a Motion for Summary Disposition based on a novel argument on behalf of a licensed Adult Foster Care (AFC) home and its unlicensed employee in the Oakland County Circuit Court. The case involved the death of a severely developmentally disabled individual who resided in and received care from the AFC. Plaintiff argued that Defendants failed to take measures to prevent the choking accident that led to its residents’ death. Defendants filed a Motion for Summary Disposition arguing that the case sounded in medical malpractice due to the professional relationship between the parties and the medical judgment involved. Defendants argued that the AFC home is a licensed health facility under the Michigan Public Health Code as it provides special intermediate care to its developmentally-disabled residents with a certification issued by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. In addition, the nature of the relationship between Defendants and Plaintiff was a professional one as the AFC home had been selected through contract and agreement to care for the Decedent. Further, the Individual Plan of Service (IPOS) for the Decedent was created by several health professionals, including a licensed psychologist, a licensed social worker and a psychiatrist. Plaintiff argued that Defendants breached their duty to Plaintiff by leaving a cabinet unlocked, from which Plaintiff’s Decedent presumably and allegedly took the food on which he choked. Defendants maintained that the claims at issue required expert medical testimony to understand the parameters of the restrictions imposed on Plaintiff’s Decedent, the extent of supervision and monitoring he required based on his mental capacity, and why there were limitations in place. Defendants asserted that the questions involved in the case required a certain degree of medical knowledge and/or judgment which the ordinary person does not possess. Based on the arguments and evidence proffered by Defendants, and despite the fact that AFC homes are generally not subject to claims of medical malpractice, Judge Warren waived oral argument and granted Defendants’ Motion for Summary Disposition, holding that Plaintiff’s pleadings were improper and her claims are subject to the damage limitations found in the Michigan Medical Malpractice Act.
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