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Date: 12-22-2003

Case Style: Patricia A. Fisher, et al. v. Jerry W. Lewis, M.D., James C. Hill, Norman Regional Hospital and The Pain Center, P.C.

Case Number: CJ-2001-829

Judge: William C. Wetherington

Court: District Court, Cleveland County, Oklahoma

Plaintiff's Attorney:

Gary Keith Readnour, Pauls Valley, Oklahoma; ; Jeff Ray Laird, Oklahoma City; Edwin Abel, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; J. Kyle Babbit, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Eric Nathan Barnard, Tulsa, Oklahoma; David Bernstein, Norman, Oklahoma; Kelly Scott Biship, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; J.D. Loftis, Norman, Oklahoma; Patrick J. Chesley, Norman, Oklahoma; David Dale Proctor, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Brandon S. Nichols, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Defendant's Attorney:

Fred Albert Leibrock, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Todd Blasdel, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Denise Diane Canada, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Brian Brady Hitt, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Glen Douglas Huff, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Description: Medical malpractice claims by former patients of Dr. Jerry W. Lewis and CRNA James C. Hill who were infected with Hepatitis B and C as a result of Hill reusing needles and syringes at three pain management clinics in Norman and Oklahoma City. The plaintiffs were infected between May 1999 and 2002 at Norman Regional Hospital. More than 800 people were exposed to and/or infected with hepatitis B or C as a result of CRNA Hill's grossly negligent behavior.

Outcome: Settled for $25 million.

Plaintiff's Experts: Unknown

Defendant's Experts: Unknown

Comments: Editor's Note: Physician's Liability Insurance Company, the mutual insurance company set up by the Oklahoma Medical Association, which insured Dr. Lewis and about 5,000 other physicians announced recently that it was increasing its premiums significantly because of claims made against by patients in medical malpractice actions. In addition to this case, PLICO insured have been found to have been negligent by three juries in 2003. The awards in those three cases totalled nearly $10 million.

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