People who are ill or who have undergone a medical procedure are often required to stay in the hospital overnight. While in the hospital, patients readily depend upon members of the nursing and hospital staff to provide for their care and comfort. There are, however, a number of medical errors that can occur as nurses are administering medications, moving patients and tending to a patient’s wounds.
Most hospitals have strict policies related to patient safety. Despite best efforts, however, doctors and nurses are human and may make mistakes. A woman recently fiiled a lawsuit against the hospital where she was admitted after a fall from her hospital bed caused her to suffer painful injuries.
Suffering from heat stroke, the woman was admitted to the hospital and later moved to a different facility located in an adjacent building. During her transfer to the new facility, the woman’s hospital bed was deflated and reinflated and set up. Subsequently, while laying in bed, the woman shifted at which time she fell from the bed.
A member of the medical team who attended to the woman claimed that the bed had not been properly inflated or adjusted. As a result, the woman’s fall left her with painful injuries that necessitated additional medical care.
The woman has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital in which she accuses the hospital of negligence in failing to properly inflate, adjust and inspect the bed prior to her use. She is seeking to recover damages related to her injuries which have caused her to suffer a permanent disability and also medical expenses.
Source: The Louisianan Record, “Hospital sued by patient who was allegedly injured after falling out of bed,” Kyle Barnett, Nov. 12, 2013