Court says KU Hospital on hook for injured hip

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court says University of Kansas Hospital will have to pick up the $140,000 tab for treating a man who broke his hip after jumping out of a jailhouse window.

Alberto Contreras Gonzalez was arrested in March 2006 on drug-related charges but entered a diversion agreement with Wabaunsee County before being transferred to Shawnee County for outstanding warrants.

Contreras bonded out of Shawnee County jail and returned to Wabaunsee County jail to retrieve some personal belongings. He was placed in a fourth-story room while a deputy checked on his status, and after Contreras couldn’t get the door open he broke a window and jumped.

The Supreme Court on Friday ruled Wabaunsee County wasn’t liable for his hospital bill, since Contreras wasn’t in custody.

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