Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Colorado Springs settles Memorial case for $885,000

Posted By on Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 5:18 PM

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Editor's note: The title and opening line of this blog post was updated on 3/27, to reflect that the University of Colorado Health had nothing to do with this lawsuit.

Colorado Springs settled a lawsuit involving Memorial Hospital in January by paying a resident $885,000, according to the city's latest legal report.

Nancy Ruminski sued Memorial last year alleging that in February 2011, she went to Memorial Hospital North "for treatment of hives and tongue swelling," the legal report states.

"Due to continued symptoms, the Plaintiff returned to Memorial Hospital North the next day and was admitted for care," according to the report. Ruminski alleged she received the wrong dose of medication and due to the error, she sued for "past and future physical and mental pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of income and economic damages, as well as physical and cognitive impairment."

The city settled the case on Dec. 10.

The lawsuit was handled by the city, and not the hospital's leasor University of Colorado Health, because the incident that gave rise to the suit happened prior to the Oct. 1, 2012, effective date of the lease.

But, thanks to insurance, Memorial paid only $22,880 of the settlement, a city spokeswoman says.

Ruminski could not be reached for commentl.

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