When a Pittsburgh resident goes into the hospital they don’t expect to come out in even worse shape. But that is the case for a woman who broke her hip while under hospital care. We expect hospitals to take good care of us and our loved ones but occasionally hospital errors occur along with a failure to diagnose.
A 90-year-old woman in Louisiana broke her hip while in the hospital for other circumstances. The woman was admitted to the hospital for hallucinations related to dementia. She was considered a fall risk yet the hospital allegedly allowed her to fall while she was in their care. As a result of the fall, she has had to undergo surgery. She is suing the hospital for physical pain and suffering, medical expenses, physical therapy, and other damages.
As we have previously discussed, hospital visits often result in unforeseen medical conditions and a worsened condition. Thousands of people are affected by a hospital error each year. Hospitals have the duty to take care of our loved ones and to not cause further harm.
If a person has been affected by a hospital error, they may wish to speak with a medical professional skilled in medical malpractice. An attorney can help the family through this traumatic time and help determine what happened to cause the worsened condition. They can hold the negligent party responsible. Compensation may be available for pain and suffering, medical expenses, loss of quality of life and other damages.
Patients who have suffered as the result of hospital errors have rights. It is important to hold these places responsible for their negligence so that they don’t harm anyone else.
Source: Louisiana Record, “East Jefferson General Hospital sued for medical malpractice after 90-year-old patient allegedly breaks hip,” Kyle Barnett, Dec. 22, 2014