The Gadsden Times ran an article today on the Alabama Supreme Court’s last year decision to take away a $3,200,000 jury verdict against Baptist Hospital. The Court decided to take away the verdict because the Court determined that the hospital was entitled to state immunity. The hospital is not owned by the state, but the Court reached this controversial opinion and took away this verdict. There was no ruling by the Court that the hospital was not negligent. Jo Ann Shiver is a daughter of the victim. She was stunned by the ruling on sovereign immunity or state immunity.
“Shouldn’t a hospital be responsible if they cut the wrong leg off?” Shiver said. “It gives them license to be negligent.”
Corporations should not be allowed to hide behind immunity to avoid being accountable for bad actions. This ruling deserves to be reconsidered. You can read the full article here.