Family of Barbara Dawson settles with Calhoun-Liberty Hospital

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CALHOUN COUNTY, FL -- (WTVY) The family of Barbara Dawson has reached a settlement with Calhoun-Liberty Hospital and two of its employees.

In 2015, Dawson went to the Calhoun-Liberty Hospital in Blountstown to get help, but she later died after being forcibly removed.

The case was originally scheduled to go to trial on Monday, but a federal judge signed off on a settlement agreement August 7th. Attorneys representing Dawson's estate say they settled the civil suit for $200,000, which is the most allowable by law without a jury award and subsequent claims bill.

The settlement followed a decision by the same judge in July that dropped most of the family’s claims. He dismissed claims against the City of Blountstown and Blountstown Police Officer John Tadlock altogether and dismissed wrongful death, false imprisonment and battery claims against the hospital and its employees.

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