We have often reported about wrongful treatment by a doctor, a nurse, or another individual charged with the care of patients.
We have also noted many times that the clear majority of those who provide medical care are good, honest, hard-working people with a goal to heal and help.
It is refreshing when we are able to share a successful outcome in the case of a nurse who herself was abused on duty this past July. We are pleased to report that she has received a settlement of $500,000. In this case, the abuser was a law enforcement officer who arrested her while she was “just doing her job” in a Salt Lake City hospital.
You may remember the shocking video that appeared nationally. See it here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mq-FcioJYCw
The video shows nurse Alex Wubbels being manhandled as she was arrested by an officer after she refused to let him take blood from an unconscious patient without a warrant, even though she was following legal hospital guidelines. This is a policy that law enforcement officials had also agreed to. The footage drew widespread outrage when it was released by the nurse and her attorney.
"We all deserve to know the truth and the truth comes when you see the actual raw footage and that's what happened in my case," Wubbels told reporters. "No matter how truthful I was in telling my story, it was nothing compared to what people saw and the visceral reaction people experienced when watching the footage of the experience that I went through."
There are some other positive things that have resulted from this case.
- It contributes to the need for more conversation about the use of force by police, even though – like most medical providers – the majority of our police follow the rules of the law.
- The hospital has now barred police from patient-care areas.
- Finally, the Salt Lake Police Department has fired the arresting officer. Detective Jeff Payne. While Payne is appealing, a criminal investigation into Wubbels' arrest is ongoing.
Wubbels says she will use a portion of the money to help people get access to police body camera footage of incidents involving themselves, The Salt Lake Tribune reports. Her attorney's firm will provide free legal services for those seeking access to video. Wubbels says she also plans to donate to the Utah Nurses Association and help lead a campaign to end nurse abuse.
The lawyers at Theodoros & Rooth have over 110 years of experience in representing people who have been wrongly harmed by medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, or in automobile and trucking accidents. If you have been injured, please contact us. There is never a charge for an initial consultation.
Sources: Salt Lake City Tribune, Associated Press, National Public Radio