A woman died after falling at a Florida hospital and her son is now suing for medical malpractice. The 63-year-old woman was a patient at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center in 2003. The woman died from blunt force trauma to the head.
A plaintiff’s expert, Dr. Michael Langan from Boston General Hospital, said no. Langan said the staff ignored protocol requiring high-risk fall patients to be fitted with armbands.
The hospital also failed to provide a “card-ex,” a card providing “all the information needed to know a patient’s condition right away,” Langan testified.
The hospital also failed to put post a sign at the entrance to Kooser’s room notifying all staffers of her risk of falling and didn’t do enough to make sure she stayed in her bed, Langan testified.
The hospital feels that it did everything it needed to do to prevent the woman from falling. The woman’s son is not asking for punitive damages.