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County Settles Lawsuit Over Injured Patient

A county is paying $1.3 million to settle a medical malpractice lawsuit over the injuries suffered by a mentally disturbed patient. This patient injured himself when escaping out of a window of a county-owned mental hospital. Court documents say that in the 2004 incident, the 27-year-old mentally handicapped person was in a seclusion room on the hospital’s fifth floor when he climbed out a window and tried to jump 15 to 20 to a fire escape landing. He suffered multiple fractures in the fall. The family alleges he was not adequately monitored by staff at the hospital. The $1.3 million medical malpractice settlement was reached on December 23. To read more about the medical malpractice settlement, please click the link.