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BY DI STAFF | APRIL 08, 2014 5:00 AM

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State responds to suit by former Hawk football player

The state of Iowa has denied allegations made by a former Hawkeye football player, according to court documents.

William Lowe sued the state of Iowa in March contending negligence related to medical complications. A 2011 report found Lowe and 12 other players developed rhabdomyolysis, a condition that releases damaged tissue into the bloodstream, after overexertion from off-season workouts in January 2011.

He claimed the state, through the UI Athletics Department, failed to properly supervise athletes and offer prompt medical care.

In its answer to the suit, the state admitted only basic factual information such as Lowe’s team membership and hospital admittance. It denied Lowe’s hospital diagnosis.

The state also denied its responsibility through the Athletics Department and any claims of medical issues following the workouts.

It holds Lowe does not have a legitimate claim and was “comparatively at fault and his fault serves to bar his recovery or reduce recovery proportionately.”

Lowe is seeking compensation for damages and legal costs.

— by Chris Higgins

UIHC and UI Physicians sue for over $1 million

The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and University of Iowa Physicians are suing two corporations for more than $1 million, according to court documents.

The hospital and medical group provided medical services to Tanna Roberts from December 2012 to April 2013.

According to the documents, Health Benefit Services, an insurance company, and Fairfield Castings, an iron-casting manufacturer and employer, allegedly owe both the hospital and medical group payment for an outstanding balance on Roberts’ care.

UIHC is seeking slightly more than $1.2 million plus interest, and UI Physicians is seeking $8,741 plus interest. They claim they have demanded payment but the corporations have refused.

UIHC, UI Physicians, Health Benefit Services, and Fairfield Castings also contracted with Midlands Choice, a health-care network. The contact allowed the hospital and medical group to provide a 10 percent discount on medical services.

UIHC and UI Physicians contend that the companies breached their agreement with Midlands Choice and are now ineligible for any future discounts.

— by Chris Higgins

Family sues state for malpractice

Three daughters of a woman who died after seeking treatment at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics are suing the state of Iowa for negligence, according to court documents.

Catherine Langstaff was admitted to UIHC in May 2011 to replace her pacemaker generator battery.

Her daughters — Mariel Mandelko, Tawni Langstaff, and Cassandra Langstaff — contend that Brian Olshansky, a UI professor emeritus of internal medicine, allegedly removed Catherine Langstaff’s pacemaker and leads despite tests indicating infection.

She suffered a tear in her right atrium during the procedure, which resulted in pressure on the heart from blood build-up, preventing the body from receiving enough blood. She was placed on life support and removed three days later.

The sisters contend the state was negligent through UIHC and its employees. They are seeking monetary compensation for damages resulting in the “loss of services, companionship, society, and support” of their mother.

— by Chris Higgins

Woman sues state and doctor for negligence and medical battery

A Crawfordsville, Iowa, woman who sought treatment at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is suing a doctor and the state of Iowa, according to court documents.

Tamara Lowe was admitted to UIHC in August 2011 for ankle surgery to solve ankle instability. UI Associate Clinical Professor Phinit Phisitkul performed the surgery.

Lowe alleges Phistikul performed unnecessary procedures during the surgery without her informed consent, resulting in medical complications. She also contends that Phistikul did not properly diagnose her condition.

She contends Phistikul was negligent and committed medical battery, and also holds the state of Iowa, through UIHC, liable for the two claims.

Lowe’s husband, Larry Lowe, is also suing, claiming the loss of his wife’s “company, affection, aid, general usefulness, industry and attention” because of the alleged negligence.

The couple is seeking trial by jury and compensation for damages.

— by Chris Higgins

Taxi cab driver assaulted

Iowa City police are investigating a robbery of a taxi driver.

The Johnson County Emergency Communication Center received a report on April 6 from a cab driver who said she was assaulted as she attempted to pick up a fare on the 1000 block of Fifth Avenue in Iowa City. The victim was stuck from behind with an unknown object and an undisclosed amount of cash was taken.

The report describes the assailants as two black males who fled the area. The Iowa City police, with help from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, were unable to locate the suspects.

The driver was transported to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers is offering up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspects.

— by Stacey Murray

Man charged with 3rd OWI

Dion Young, 45, was charged on March 23 with third-offense OWI.

Police were dispatched to 385 Juniper St. after receiving a report of a vehicle partially in a driveway. Young was allegedly found in the vehicle, in the driver’s seat with the seatbelt on with the vehicle still running and in drive. Young reportedly smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot watery eyes, and slurred speech.

The driver was unable to maintain his standing position without assistance. He was transported to hospital by ambulance.

Third-offense OWI is a Class-D felony.

— by Stacey Murray

Man faces burglary charges

Lennel Caldwell Jr., 23, was charged on April 6 with second-degree burglary.

According to an Iowa City police complaint, the police officers responded to a call of a male yelling he intended to kill someone and was attempting to enter an apartment.

Police officers found a broken window screen and numerous footprints on the door. A woman inside said the door was damaged and Caldwell was upstairs. He was found in an upstairs bedroom.

The police officers reportedly discovered Caldwell had an argument with the female resident and eventually became angry, yelling threats and forcing his way into the apartment.

Upon entering, he allegedly assaulted the female resident, causing an injury to her left cheek.

Second-degree burglary is a Class-C Felony.

— by Stacey Murray

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