Our Michigan hospital fall injury lawyers recently settled a case against a Wayne County Hospital on behalf of an elderly client who fell and suffered a fractured leg while attempting to get out of a wheelchair and into her vehicle. The attendee pulled back the wheelchair before she could safely enter the vehicle. The claim alleged that the hospital staff was negligent for failing to properly assist, support and transport a patient leaving the hospital as she attempted to enter her vehicle from her wheelchair.
Hospital patients in wheelchairs are already compromised due their medical conditions. The medical staff at the facility should be properly trained and have policies and procedures for the safe transfer of wheelchair patients. Under no circumstances should a patient fall and become injured when under the control of medical facility or under the supervision of the medical staff. This is often clear evidence of medical negligence.
The patient had been admitted to the hospital for a mild cardiac condition and was discharged in a wheelchair. As such, she was at an increased risk for failing and required assistance getting out of the wheelchair and in to her vehicle. However, as the patient attempted to stand up from her wheelchair and get in to her vehicle, the assistant that was supposed to be assisting her abruptly removed the wheelchair from behind her, she lost her balance and fell to the ground severely fracturing her fibula. As a result of such negligence, the patient was forced to be re-admitted to the hospital, was in a cast for twelve weeks, and has a permanent limp and difficulties walking from her injuries. Our hospital injury attorneys were able to settle the case prior to filing a Complaint in Wayne County Circuit Court. The amount of the settlement is subject to a confidentiality agreement.
If you or a loved one suffer injures due to a fall from a wheelchair at a facility, the patient and his/her family can pursue a lawsuit against the hospital for the injuries suffered by the fall. These lawsuits often result in significant settlements because the injuries are often serious and require surgery. Call our top rated Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Michigan hospital fall injury lawyers today at (800) 606-1717 to discuss your case and learn your legal rights. We offer a free consultation and will represent you and your family under our No Fee Promise. This means there are no legal fees or costs to you whatsoever until we win or settle your case. Call now!