FindLaw KnowledgeBasePublished: 2012-09-21
An 81-year-old woman filed suit against Yale-New Haven Hospital after she fell off an operating table and suffered serious injuries following a surgery. The hospital issued a public statement claiming to have apologized to the patient, but the woman’s attorneys state that they have tried to resolve the suit with the hospital to no avail. The woman is seeking recovery for her injuries, and the lawsuit demonstrates some of the damages available to personal injury plaintiffs in Connecticut.
According to documents filed in the lawsuit, the plaintiff went into the hospital to have a pacemaker implanted in February 2010. The surgery was successful, but the suit alleges that the hospital staff failed to properly monitor and secure the woman after the operation concluded, and the woman fell off the operating table. The woman suffered fractures to her hip, collarbone and toe, as well as a traumatic brain injury causing bleeding under her skull.
The suit argues that the hospital was negligent for failing to recognize that the patient had not recovered from the anesthesia and leaving her unattended after the surgery. In doing so, the suit alleges that the hospital staff put the patient at risk for falling.
The suit claims that the woman has undergone months of physical therapy and will be in pain for the rest of her life. She can no longer move freely and is dependent on others to aid her with daily tasks. She is seeking over $15,000 in damages.
Personal Injury Recovery
When a person is injured because of another’s actions, he or she may choose to recover the costs associated with the injury from the party at fault. Some of the expenses a person may seek payment for include:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Emotional distress
- Changes in future earning capacity due to the injury
- Permanent disability or disfigurement
- Costs to hire someone to assist with daily living activities
Talk to a Lawyer
Trying to recover from a major injury is stressful enough without having to worry about how to pay for the costs that injuries bring. Those who have been injured because of someone else’s negligence often are in no condition to try to sort out liability matters on their own. If you have been injured because the actions of another, speak with an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you receive just and proper compensation for your losses.