San Francisco to vote on whether to approve $3 million settlement in hospital patient's death

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SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will vote Tuesday on whether to pay almost $3 million to settle a claim filed by the family of a woman found dead in a hospital stairwell 17 days after she disappeared from her hospital room last year.

Lynne Spalding's body was found by a building engineer checking the locked stairwell at San Francisco General Hospital. The 57-year-old woman was being treated for a bladder infection and was described as disoriented when she left her room.

The lawyer for Spalding's family tells the San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1wUQL7z ) the city will pay $2.941 million and the University of California will pay $59,000. UC was named in the family's legal claim over Spalding's death because its doctors and nurses were involved in her care and monitoring.


Information from: The San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com

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