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High court: Sovereign immunity doesn’t protect state in teen’s death

March 1, 2010 --

Georgia’s Supreme Court has ruled that a Thomas County woman may proceed with a lawsuit alleging negligence in her 18-year-old son’s death at a state-run mental health and drug addiction center. The decision, which extends the definition of a state employee to include a contract worker, has broader implications as governments continue to downsize and outsource functions to private contractors.

Investigators: No proof of substandard care at Atlanta VA Hospital

Investigators: No proof of substandard care at Atlanta VA Hospital
August 5, 2009 --

Federal investigators looked into charges of substandard care and possibly preventable deaths at the Atlanta VA Medical Center, according to a recent report, but could not substantiate the allegations. Investigators confirmed some of the alleged incidents, the report said, but could not establish that poor medical care was a factor.