Med Center Loses Malpractice Case
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Med Center loses malpractice case Times Staff, Wire Reports BATON ROUGE - A state judge has ordered Louisiana State Univer-sity to pay $500,000 in damages in a medical malpractice case — the maximum award — even though he says damages were greater. District Judge Frank Foil made the award in a suit brought by the brother of a young woman who suffered per-manent brain damage after she was treated by a team from the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport. Jane E. Sibley is now hospitalized in Baton Rouge and has lost various bod-ily functions, according to testimony in the case. LSU Medical Center in Shreveport and LSU officials in Baton Rouge de-clined to comment on the case, refer-ring questions to the attorney in the suit. Baton Rouge attorney David Rob-inson's office said he was away for the weekend. Information as to the com-position of the "team" mentioned in the ruling was not available. Ms. Sibley was moved to the LSU Medical Center in Shreveport from Brentwood Hospital because her treatments were not covered by in-surance at Brentwood. She came to Shreveport from Baton Rouge after leaving college there. At the time she entered Brentwood she was working as a file clerk at Willis-Knighton Medi-cal Center to earn money to return to school. In his ruling Thursday, Foil said the medical team that treated Ms. Sibley didn't perform to acceptable stan-dards. Had it not been for various drugs ad-ministered to her, "this probably would not have happened," the judge said. The court agreed with a psychiatrist who testified that the medical team "had a patient going sour on them," treated her symptoms and things went wrong, Foil said. The suit sought $15 million in dam-ages. The state law covering malprac-tice liability for state services limits any award to a maximum of $500,000. The judge also ordered the state to pay nearly $25,000 in court costs. During the four-day trial, there was testimony that she was given a variety of strong anti-psychotic drugs simul-taneously while at the LSU Medical Center and on Sept. 15,1980, went into a deep coma.
|Title||Med Center Loses Malpractice Case|
Sibley, Henry, III
Sibley, Jane E.
Louisiana State University School of Medicine (Shreveport, La.)
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