The Utah nurse who was arrested two months ago for refusing to let a police detective take blood from an unconscious patient confirmed on Tuesday that a $500,000 settlement with Salt Lake City and the university that runs her hospital has been reached.
Alex Wubbels has always stressed that her main concern was "protecting hospital staff and preventing the same conflict from happening again."
Wubbels plans to use a portion of the money to assist people to get body camera footage of incidents of themselves.
"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 said. "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."
Wubbels also plans to make a donation to the Utah Nurses Association and will help spearhead the #EndNurseAbuse campaign by the American Nurses Association.
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Nov 2, '17
The currency of civil litigation is money.
Bear in mind, she had secured counsel and I'd bet that settlement is shared on a 25-30% basis with this counsel (as her attorney likely negotiated it).
The City (cops) didn't just look at the issue and do the right thing. Fire their officers & cut the nurse a check.
Nope. She had to blow it up on them and release the tape to the media. Without doing that this case would have been hushed and worth near nil in settlement.
This is a drop in the bucket of what a Federal (US DISTRICT) court may have awarded her.
Not sure if she settled all claims, but if it's just state claims - ok, I guess. If all claims for that number, nah - I'd have put two juries in the box. One for state claims (force, injury, battery, humiliation, emotional distress, etc) & one Federal for Title 42 §1983 claims (those pesky protective amendments — 4th, 11th, 14th that MATTER).
Last edit by Medic/Nurse on Nov 2, '17