Florida Court Rules Fall-Related Claim Is Issue of Medical Negligence, Not Ordinary Negligence

January 11, 2023 | Strategic Insights for Health System


A Florida appellate court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the estate of a woman who died after falling in the hospital. The lawsuit was filed alleging ordinary negligence, but according to the court, it would properly be considered a medical negligence case.

The patient's children brought her to the defendant hospital for an unspecified illness. According to the lawsuit, she arrived at the hospital with a walker, and her children told nursing staff multiple times that the patient required the walker to walk. The nursing staff allegedly assured the children that they "would...

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