Patient Injured in a Fall Is Awarded $3.5 Million Against Riverside Regional Medical Unit in Newport News
A jury has awarded an 87-year-old woman $3.5 million against Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, VA over a fall that left her with a paralysis.
In a 10-day trial involving 45 witnesses, a Newport News made the award over the fall. In this case, the in-patient fractured her femur, and 20 hours later suffered a stroke that days later left her hemiplegic.
Riverside is reported to be appealing the case. Costs were well over $150,000.
The attorney for the plaintiff was Avery T. “Sandy” Waterman, Jr, of the Newport News law firm Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein, L.C.
As a Virginia Beach medical malpractice attorney, I was pleased to see this result. All too often nursing homes and other hospitals fail to put safeguards in place to prevent falls to elderly patients.
In this case, the fall had a particularly detrimental effect on the patient’s health.
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