Alabama Supreme Court Reinstates $3.2 Million Verdict

May 20, 2013

The Alabama Supreme Court has reinstated a $3.2 million malpractice verdict awarded to 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, 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 jury later found against the authority in a malpractice trial and awarded the estate $3.2 million. The verdict was later overturned when courts ruled the authority was a state entity and possessed immunity from being sued. But the Supreme Court ruled Friday that the authority is not immune from its debts in this case.

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