U. Iowa doctors’ group settles in law prof’s death

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A doctors’ group at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has paid $150,000 to settle a malpractice lawsuit filed by the estate of a prominent law professor who died of colon cancer in 2011.

The payment from UI Physicians to the estate of David Baldus resolves a lawsuit that alleged doctors failed to screen, diagnose and treat his colon condition in the years before his death at age 75.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the settlement under the public records law. The deal avoids a trial that had been scheduled for this month.

Estate attorney Jim Hayes said Tuesday that Baldus’ wife and two daughters were happy to have the case resolved. He says Baldus was a brilliant scholar and a wonderful man and his death was tragic.

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