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Kentucky County Settles Loss of Consortium Suit for Undisclosed Amount

Phillip D. Hurst, a Kentucky prisoner, was taking prescribed methadone. When he returned one night to a Lexington County work release center in an intoxicated state, he was examined by two nurses who thought he was experiencing diabetes-related symptoms. He wasn't seen by a doctor, but the nurses periodically checked his vital signs. Hurst was later found dead from a methadone overdose. His daughter and estate sued the county, Correctional Medical Services, the two nurses and other officials in federal district court.

The county settled a loss of consortium claim with Hurst's daughter for an undisclosed amount, but the nurses prevailed at trial on a negligence claim in March 2007. See: Hurst v. Lexington Fayette Urban Co. Government, U.S.D.C. (E.D. Ky.), Case No. 5:05-cv-00214-JBC.

Additional source: 11 Kentucky Trial Court Review No. 4 (2007)

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Hurst v. Lexington Fayette Urban Co. Government