10 Sep Gowens v. Gadsden regional medical center, et al.
EOTWAH COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT SETTLEMENT OF $550,000
A settlement of $550,000 was reached in a wrongful death lawsuit against Gadsden Regional Medical Center, et al. On May 30, 2008, the Etowah County Sheriff Department received a call from the plaintiff concerning the fact that he was seriously considering and contemplating suicide. Upon arrival at the plaintiff’s residence, it was observed that he was on the roof of his home verbally threatening to jump onto the power lines. After he was persuaded to come down off the roof, the officers decided it was necessary to commit the plaintiff to the psychiatric ward at Gadsden Regional Medical Center. The following day, the plaintiff woke up in a psychiatric room at Gadsden Regional Medical Center and requested to take shower. At that point, an employee of the hospital gave him various towels and scrub pants with a draw string. While unsupervised in the bathroom, the plaintiff took the pants/scrubs and/or draw string that were given to him by the employee, wrapped it around his neck, connected it to the handicap rail near the shower and hung himself. Even after he was found, the employees stood around for several minutes watching him before they began to attempt to resuscitate him. The plaintiff was then taken to the ICU where he later died.