Louisiana's Churchill Downs accused of negligence, wrongful death

By Carrie Bradon | Feb 13, 2018

NEW ORLEANS – A woman who died after suffering a stroke at the Churchill Downs racetrack allegedly could have been saved if not for the negligence of track personnel.

Brian Calvin, individually and as administrator of the estate of Mary Calvin, filed a lawsuit on Feb. 1 against Churchill Downs, Louisiana Racing Company LLC et al. in Orleans Parish Civil District Court alleging negligence and wrongful death.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff is seeking damages for an incident that took place on Feb. 4, 2017 when Mary Calvin was at the races. The suit states that the plaintiff began mumbling her words and was staring. A paramedic was called, who told Calvin's family member that she was fine. When she later stumbled, the family requested a nearby ambulance come to take Mary Calvin to the hospital. Instead, the race course allegedly called one from Tulane University. When it took too long to arrive, the family member instead drove Mary Calvin to the hospital where she later died after suffering a stroke. 

The defendants are accused of negligence through failing to assist the plaintiff and failing to provide medical assistance in a timely manner.

The plaintiff seeks all reasonable damages, court costs, attorney fees and all appropriate relief. The plaintiff is represented by attorney Jack W. Harang in Opelousas.

The case has been assigned to Division E Judge Clare Jupiter. 

Orleans Parish Civil District Court case number 2018-1037

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