Beach woman settles lawsuit over sister/veteran's suicide

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Associated Press

Posted on February 20, 2013 at 8:21 AM

NORFOLK (AP) -- A Virginia Beach woman and the federal government have agreed to settle a malpractice lawsuit against the Hampton Veterans Administration Medical Center stemming from her twin sister's suicide.

Darla Grese's lawyer, Bob Haddad, tells The Virginian-Pilot that the federal government will pay his client $100,000, if a judge approves the settlement.

In the settlement, Haddad says the government doesn't take responsibility for or acknowledge liability for the death of Grese's sister, Navy veteran Kelli Grese.

Kelli Grese overdosed on an antipsychotic medication called Seroquel on Veterans Day in 2010. The medication was part of a cocktail of drugs that doctors at the Hampton hospital had prescribed for her.

The lawsuit had sought $5 million in damages.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

AP-WF-02-20-13 1148GMT

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