Meyerkord & Meyerkord Recently Settled Wrongful Death Case Related to Patient Fall at Community Hospital - a "Never Event" occurred
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The St. Louis personal injury law firm of Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC
recently settled a wrongful death case for an elderly patient who fell
at a community hospital because its staff engaged in a “never event”.
Tragically, in April of 2015 a 90-year-old woman was admitted to a community
hospital, diagnosed with pneumonia and died from a preventable accident.
The patient suffered head injuries during a preventable fall.
While the patient was relatively healthy for her age, she had received
treatment for the pneumonia involving steroids, IV antibiotics, nebulizer
treatments and was preparing to be discharged back to the nursing home
where she resided. While using the restroom, a hospital aide was not properly
supporting the patient who fell back and struck her head. Her death occurred
the following day and an autopsy determined the cause of death to be subdural
hematoma and subarachnoid hemorrhage, manner of death: accident.
Why would a 90-year-old woman die from something other than natural causes?
MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE. The answer is negligence due to a “never event”. The term
“never event” has been coined by the Centers for Medicare
& Medicaid Services (CMS) when they announced in 2008 new policies
in an attempt to improve the safety of hospital patients. Hospitals and
medical facilities will suffer payment implications from Medicare and
Medicaid if these
“never events” occur. Some examples of “never events” include surgical errors,
injuries due to catheterization, device or product issues, infections
resulting from hospitalization and surgeries, and trauma and injuries
from falls. The purpose of identifying the “never events”
is to reduce the negligence within medical facilities and hospitals.
Unfortunately, despite the attempts of the CMS “never events”
continue to occur resulting in injuries and death. Fortunately, laws are
in place to protect the victims of the “never events” and
the St. Louis personal injury law firm Meyerkord & Meyerkord has successfully
represented many victims to obtain the justice and compensation they deserve.
We take pride in knowing that despite the negligence of the community
hospital in the death of the 90-year-old victim, our attorneys fought
to hold the responsible parties accountable and provide closure for the family.