Falls: Jury Awards $3 Million to Patient Who Fell in Hospital

June 1, 2005 | Healthcare Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance


A 49-year-old patient who fell in a hospital's epilepsy unit and injured his back has received a $3 million jury award against a university medical center in Pennsylvania.

The plaintiff had been admitted to the facility's epilepsy unit for studies to determine whether he was a candidate for brain surgery to improve his condition. According to a report of the case, hours after the patient experienced a seizure in the hospital, he got out of bed to use the bathroom. While a nurse waited outside the door, the patient...

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