One case delayed, one on hold
By David Baker
Posted Sunday, May 26, 2013
An update now on two lawsuits previously reported on this page.
In the first case, it’s alleged that Angela Ryan was injured when a drug-dispensing machine caused her to receive an excessive amount of morphine while a patient in St. Peter’s hospital. Earlier this year the hospital filed a motion for summary judgment in the six-year-old case, asking the court to the dismiss Ryan’s claims.
That motion was denied. However, a trial originally set to start on June 10 has been rescheduled to December.
Meanwhile, a lawsuit filed by Cheryl Maille of Boise, Idaho against Samaritan Hospital in Troy and a doctor over the death of her daughter, Tara Palmer, has yet to be assigned to a judge.
According to the suit, Tara Palmer died at an airport in the Midwest after a doctor had told her it was safe for her to fly following surgery on an ankle at Samaritan Hospital.
The lawsuit was filed in November 2011 but as of last week it was not listed in the court systems computer database – which happens when one of the parties files a motion or informs the court that case is ready for trial.
This might mean that Maille’s attorney, O'Connell & Aronowitz, are not working on her case. Or it could mean that they want to keep details of it from public view.
Eventually though, they will have to file something with the county clerk, even if it’s only a notice saying the that the case has been discontinued, meaning either it has been settled – or has been dropped.