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Justices vacate transfer in malpractice case, settlement reached

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The Indiana Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal of a medical malpractice complaint filed in Porter County because Tim Black and the Department of Insurance have reached a settlement.

Tim Black, as husband and personal representative of his deceased wife, Kay Black, sought payment for damages from the Patient’s Compensation Fund following the death of Kay Black in 2008. In 2000, she had gone to the emergency room of Porter Memorial Hospital with severe chest pain. Dr. Fred Harris did not order heart monitoring or repeat enzyme testing, and hours later, Kay Black suffered severe cardiac arrest that resulted in her needing a heart transplant. Her death was from an unrelated cause.

The commissioner of the Department of Insurance sought to have Tim Black’s motion dismissed. The Court of Appeals found Tim Black failed to provide sufficient evidence to establish an agreement with Harris. The Supreme Court accepted jurisdiction June 4, but ordered on Tuesday that the appeal be dismissed because Black and the Department of Insurance reached a settlement.

The case is Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Insurance v. Tim Black, as husband and personal representative of Kay Black, deceased, 64S05-1206-CT-305.

 

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  1. What is this, the Ind Supreme Court thinking that there is a separation of powers and limited enumerated powers as delegated by a dusty old document? Such eighteen century thinking, so rare and unwanted by the elites in this modern age. Dictate to us, dictate over us, the massess are chanting! George Soros agrees. Time to change with times Ind Supreme Court, says all President Snows. Rule by executive decree is the new black.

  2. I made the same argument before a commission of the Indiana Supreme Court and then to the fedeal district and federal appellate courts. Fell flat. So very glad to read that some judges still beleive that evidentiary foundations matter.

  3. KUDOS to the Indiana Supreme Court for realizing that some bureacracies need to go to the stake. Recall what RWR said: "No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!" NOW ... what next to this rare and inspiring chopping block? Well, the Commission on Gender and Race (but not religion!?!) is way overdue. And some other Board's could be cut with a positive for State and the reputation of the Indiana judiciary.

  4. During a visit where an informant with police wears audio and video, does the video necessary have to show hand to hand transaction of money and narcotics?

  5. I will agree with that as soon as law schools stop lying to prospective students about salaries and employment opportunities in the legal profession. There is no defense to the fraudulent numbers first year salaries they post to mislead people into going to law school.

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