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State Appeal Board OKs $1.5 medical malpractice award

State Appeal Board OKs $1.5 medical malpractice award

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DES MOINES | The State Appeal Board approved three settlements on Monday, including a $1.5 million award in a medical malpractice lawsuit brought against the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

State officials agreed to pay $750,000 from the general fund to settle a lawsuit claiming the UIHC failed to diagnose and treat Terri Holliday’s diabetes insipidus at the time of her July 2010 discharge.

The lawsuit alleged the treatment fell below the standard of care and caused Holliday to lose both sets of toes.

The Appeal Board also approved a $71,000 judgment to settle claims of sex discrimination and retaliation brought by Melissa Renda, who was an offender when she brought her lawsuit against state members and the state Department of Corrections. Under the settlement, Renda will be paid $25,000 and her attorneys will receive $46,000.

Also, the board approved a $25,000 agreement to settle a lawsuit filed by Cliff Missen, a former tenant of a University of Iowa-owned house near the Iowa City campus.

Missen alleged the university had been negligent in managing the house he rented, that the house contained mold and was unfit for habitation resulting in his suffering personal injuries and property damage.

-- Globe Des Moines Bureau

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