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Pima County, AZ

Tucson, AZ: (Jun-21-07) Pima County supervisors approved two out-of-court settlements that amounted to almost $3.5 million. One suit that was filed by the family of Pedro Forrer, a man who was killed in a crash in March 2005, alleged that the county was responsible for his wrongful death. Forrer was driving on West Orange Grove near North La Canada Drive when his car unexpectedly swerved across the road into a guardrail. Part of the guardrail was a 4-inch diameter pipe, which impaled the driver. No reason was ever established for Forrer's crash. After Forrer's death, his children were being cared by Forrer's brother and sister-in-law living in the Phoenix area. The county agreed to pay $1.95 million to the children and mother of Forrer, though the bulk of the settlement will go to the children.

In another case, a lawsuit was brought on the behalf of David Hyman, who suffered medical complications while he was at a county assisted living center, Posado del Sol. Hyman, a quadriplegic living at La Posada, was afflicted when a physician inserted a feeding tube into his stomach. The tube apparently moved or shifted, leading to a severe infection. The county agreed to a medical settlement of $1.6 million, most of which would go to Arizona's Health Care Cost Containment System, which paid for Hyman's medical expenses. [GREEN VALLEY NEWS: SETTLEMENTS]

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Published on Jun-26-07


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