Bellevue Fights $350,000 Award To Nurse

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The city of Bellevue is asking the Nebraska Supreme Court to throw out an order for it to pay $350,000 in damages to a nurse attacked by a mentally ill man left at a hospital by Bellevue police.

Police took the 19-year-old man from his apartment on July 4, 2007, over concerns about his mental health. Officers took him to Alegent Health's Midlands Hospital in Papillion, where he later attacked nurse Jan Ginapp, leaving her with permanent eye damage.

The city says a lower court judge erred in finding that its police officers were negligent in leaving the man at a local hospital.

But Ginapp says the city should have protected her from someone police believed to be dangerous.

The state's high court is set to hear arguments Wednesday.

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