Hacienda HealthCare $15 million lawsuit settlement approved

A judge approved a $ 15 million settlement legal action filed by the family of an incapacitated woman who was raped in a Phoenix health facility and later gave birth to a child.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Theodore Campagnolo approved the $ 15 million settlement agreement between the family of the now 32-year-old woman and the estate of the doctor who looked after her at Hacienda HealthCare – Dr. Phillip Gear Jr.

Gear died on December 20, court documents say.

The woman and her family had previously reached a $ 7.5 million settlement with Arizona.

Hacienda HealthCare is a private, not-for-profit facility that houses patients whose care is paid for through the state Medicaid program and whose cases are managed by the Arizona Department of Economic Security.

The lawsuit alleged that the state was “grossly negligent” in overseeing, monitoring and evaluating Hacienda’s operations.

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