L&M settles flesh-eating bacteria death lawsuit

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Victim was active in Stonington, state affairs

by Joe Wojtas
The Day

January 4, 2011

STONINGTON — Lawrence & Memorial Hospital has settled a lawsuit filed by the daughter of former Republican Town Committee Chairwoman Robin Miller, who died in 2003 after being stricken by necrotizing fasciitis, more commonly known as flesh-eating bacteria.

Bianca Nardi had alleged the hospital failed to properly diagnose and treat her mother before she died on Dec. 10, 2003. Nardi withdrew her lawsuit in late September after the two sides reached a settlement during mediation. Terms of the agreement were not released.

Nardi's attorney, Kathleen Nastri of Bridgeport, wrote in an e-mail Monday that she could confirm the case had been resolved but that the two parties had agreed the terms would be confidential.

Hospital spokesman Michael O'Farrell said he could only confirm the case has been settled.

He could not comment on whether the hospital had changed any policies or procedures in light of Miller's death.

The suit included a long list of things it alleged the hospital and its satellite facility, the Pequot Health Center in Groton, did wrong. These include delaying treatment for an infection, failing to prescribe antibiotics and failing to make a proper diagnosis, improperly discharging Miller and failing to consult a supervising physician.

The 52-year-old Miller, who lived on Pequot Trail, was heavily involved in state and local government. She served as chairwoman of the State Board of Mediation and Arbitration for the state Department of Labor and was the town's Republican registrar of voters.