Lawsuit against U of Iowa Hospitals settled

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — State officials have settled a lawsuit over a man's treatment by a doctor at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/1psd6Tg ) that the lawsuit filed in 2009 says Dr. John Rachow didn't treat health problems and ignored warning signs before the death of 80-year-old Robert Messerschmitt, of Middle Amana. The lawsuit says Messerschmitt died of a burst diverticulitis sac in June 2007.

The newspaper says the $67,500 settlement will be paid by University of Iowa Physicians. University of Iowa spokesman Tom Moore declined to comment Tuesday about the settlement.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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