Kansas to pay $100K to settle patient’s lawsuit

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Top Kansas officials have approved a $100,000 settlement in a lawsuit on behalf of a former state hospital patient who was assaulted and contracted a sexually transmitted disease.

Gov. Sam Brownback and legislative leaders agreed Tuesday that the state will pay the former patient $96,000. An additional $4,000 would go to the Disability Rights Center of Kansas, which represented the disabled woman.

The woman’s guardian sued in Shawnee County in 2009 after the woman left the Kansas Neurological Institute in Topeka. The lawsuit said she’d been repeatedly assaulted. The state had argued there was no evidence of negligence on its part.

Brownback and the lawmakers also approved a $13,000 settlement in a lawsuit from an ex-state senator who was denied a gambling license.

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