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Excessive force by officers left her with PTSD, per plaintiff

Amber Swink agreed to a $375,000 mediated settlement of claims that her civil rights were violated by officers at the Montgomery County Jail. Swink had been arrested and transported to the jail after she allegedly assaulted an officer who responded to a domestic disturbance call. While in custody, she claimed she was placed in a restraint chair for over an hour and was sprayed in the face with pepper spray while restrained. Swink claimed that the treatment she received was unwarranted and excessive force was used against her in violation of 42 U.S.C. § 1983, which led to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder. The defendants, which included the county, sheriff and two police captains, denied liability.
Swink v. Montgomery County Board of Commissioners
U.S. District Court

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Failure to follow instructions led to hysterectomy, per defense

A jury rejected a medical malpractice claim filed against a hospital, emergency room doctor and physician’s assistant. Melissa Ricker had presented to St. Rita’s Medical Center with symptoms of a miscarriage. She was examined by Todd A. Bell, D.O. and Ronda Nartker, P.A. and then released. Ricker claimed that the defendants failed to provide adequate instructions for follow up after the emergency room visit, which led to the rupture of a fallopian tube a month later due to an ectopic pregnancy and also necessitated a hysterectomy. In response, the defense argued that written instructions for follow up were given to Ricker at discharge and the rupture would not have occurred had Ricker followed those instructions.
Ricker v. St. Rita’s Medical Center
Allen County

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Motorist was over-served alcohol prior to accident: lawsuit

Tayler Hansen, who was injured in a collision with a drunken driver, was awarded $1.5 million. The collision occurred when Carol Jones, who had been drinking at the Beallsville American Legion prior to the accident, struck Hansen’s vehicle head-on. Hansen suffered multiple injuries, including internal injuries and a head injury. She sued Jones for negligence. She also sued the American Legion, alleging that Jones had been over-served alcohol while drinking at the American Legion. Jones defended the case by arguing that the American Legion shared responsibility for the accident because she was served alcohol after she became visibly intoxicated. The American Legion denied liability and claimed that it had only served Jones two drinks.
Hansen v. Jones
Monroe County

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