The Alabama Supreme Court has reinstated a $3.2 million malpractice verdict returned in favor of the estate of a Montgomery woman who died in 2005 after being treated at the Baptist East Emergency Room in Montgomery. Lauree Durden Ellison had visited the Baptist Medical Center-East emergency room, which was operated by the Health Care Authority for Baptist Health. She was initially released from the emergency room, but later died after it was determined she had an infection.
A Montgomery County jury later found against the authority in a malpractice trial and awarded the estate $3.2 million. The verdict was later overturned when the Supreme Court ruled the authority was a state entity and possessed immunity from being sued. But the Supreme Court has now ruled that the authority is not immune from its debts in this case. Shay Samples, who is with the Birmingham firm, Hare, Wynn, represented the plaintiff. Shay did a very good job in this very important case. The amount owed, with the accrued interest since the verdict, totals about $4.5 million.
Source: The Montgomery Advertiser
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