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Texas care firm claims that it was not at fault in death

After being sued over the death of a patient in its care, Christus Health Southeast Texas has responded by saying that it was not at fault. In the lawsuit, the widow of the deceased patient in question claims that caregivers failed to restrain her husband properly, allowing him to fall out of his bed and sustain the traumatic brain injury that would eventually lead to his death.

The man was initially admitted to Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth after being discovered unconscious and on the floor at home. Although the wife had approved the facility's use of wrist restraints to keep him in bed when he wasn't being supervised, her lawsuit claims that care staff failed to re-affix the restraints after allowing the patient to go for a walk only hours before he fell. The man was subsequently discovered lying prone and bloodied on his hospital room floor. Although he was revived, he had sustained significant brain damage, which lead to his death three days later.

According to the hospital, the incident was unavoidable. The wife, who had been visiting earlier in the day, however, states that the medical monitoring software was working when she left and that around seven minutes elapsed between the man's removal of the equipment and his discovery by a nurse. The complaint also points out that the man was well on his way to recovering from the original incident when he died.

Medical negligence that leads to fatalities can have severe negative effects on survivors. These individuals are often saddled with substantial funeral costs and medical bills. Personal injury attorneys who can compile case evidence and investigate circumstances such as the operating histories of specific care providers may be able to help these survivors pursue compensation.

Source: The Southeast Texas Record, "Christus answers wrongful death suit", David Yates, September 20, 2013

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