Wrongful death suit filed against rehab hospital

David Yates Jun. 28, 2007, 7:15am

William H. Barfield

Kathryn Hebert has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Beaumont, claiming the care provider negligently failed to care for the late Mamie Green, a former resident at the facility.

Herbert filed her suit against HealthSouth and Beaumont Rehabilitation Associates Limited Partnership with the Jefferson County District Court on June 27. Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th Judicial District, will preside over the case.

"This is a civil liability case in which it has become necessary for plaintiff Hebert to bring a claim by reason of the personal injuries suffered by Mamie J. Green during her residency at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Beaumont, which resulted in great physical and mental injuries and considerable consequential damages," the suit said. "The serious bodily injuries made the basis of this lawsuit were proximately caused by the negligence of the named defendants or their agents or employees acting in the course and scope of their employment."

The suit does not go into detail regarding how or when Green was injured, only stating that the defendants were negligent while caring for her.

"As a resident of the facility, Green was entitled to and had the right to receive the basic and minimum care and safety prescribed by law."

"More specifically, defendants' negligence included: failing to properly monitor, observe and assess Mamie J. Green including ongoing assessments required by law; failing to obtain provide timely and appropriate medical treatment and nursing intervention; and failing to notify physician of significant conditions and changes in condition," the suit said.

Hebert is suing for pain, suffering, torment, destruction of dignity, disfigurement, mental anguish and medical expenses.

"Further, plaintiff seeks in her individual capacity and as representative of all wrongful death beneficiaries that beneficiaries may be justly entitled to as wrongful death beneficiaries, including damages for grief, bereavement, torment and mental anguish," the suit said.

Hebert is demanding a trial by jury and is represented by William Barfield, attorney for the Smith and Hassler law firm.

Case No. B179-573

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