Fall: Suit Alleges Use of Unsafe Transfer Bench in Shower Causes Fall

June 1, 2006 | Healthcare Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance


A Louisiana court of appeals permitted a lawsuit by a patient who was injured in a hospital shower to proceed, reversing a lower court's order dismissing the suit on procedural grounds. The patient, a paraplegic, was scheduled to be discharged from the hospital on the morning of his injury and required a transfer bench to move from his wheelchair into a bed or shower.

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