Enloe case gets quick resolution

The hospital reaches a settlement with Francine Shaw, who received an overdose of Heparin last year

Last week the Chico News & Review published an article in Newslines (“What’s her life worth?”) that set the stage for a medical-malpractice action suit, Shaw vs. Enloe, that was scheduled for hearing this past Monday (July 13) at the Butte County Courthouse in Chico. But apparently, the day the article was printed (July 9), Enloe Medical Center settled out of court for an undisclosed amount of money to the Shaw family.

The plaintiff, Francine Shaw (pictured), is an 83-year-old Paradise woman who experienced a right-sided stroke that caused permanent major physical and neurological injuries following an overdose of Heparin, a blood thinner, at Enloe roughly a year ago.

Shaw is now a “safety risk” requiring 24-hour supervised care, and her three daughters have been taking the brunt of the responsibility.

Enloe had challenged the plaintiff’s estimation of the cost of damages, and previously had offered Shaw a settlement that was not nearly sufficient.

This time around, “It resolved to a satisfactory conclusion with a confidential amount of money,” said Steven Schultz, Shaw’s Sacramento-based attorney. He could not discuss further details, but did say that Shaw’s daughters were happy with it and glad their mother wouldn’t have to suffer through a trial.