Sisters claim hospital negligence led to mother's death at Memorial Hermann

Kelly Holleran Mar. 23, 2009, 9:30am

Two Beaumont women are suing a hospital over what they claim was employee negligence that led to their mother's death.

Roslyn Simmons and Kathryn Roberson filed suit March 20 in Jefferson County District Court against Memorial Hermann Beaumont Baptist Hospital, after they say their mother, Lillian Guerin, died there.

On Jan. 6, 2007, Guerin went to the hospital for treatment, although the lawsuit does not say what type of treatment she sought. She continued return trips to the hospital for follow-up visits, Simmons and Roberson claim.

According to the plaintiffs, however, doctors at the hospital failed to properly test Guerin to accurately detect her condition or to accurately interpret tests that were performed. As a result, they failed to properly treat Guerin's condition, the suit says.

They also failed to provide proper fall precautions, the sisters allege.

Before her death, Guerin incurred substantial medical costs, the suit states.

Her daughters claim they have lost her care, maintenance, services, support, advice and counsel and have endured mental anguish, grief, sorrow, emotional pain, torment and suffering.

They have also lost their parent-child relationship with their mother, which consisted of her love, affection, solace, comfort, companionship, society, emotional support and happiness, the complaint says.

The hospital negligently hired incompetent employees and failed to provide adequate training for its employees, according to the complaint.

Simmons and Roberson are seeking a judgment within the jurisdictional limits of Jefferson County District Court, plus pre- and post-judgment interest at the highest legal rate, costs and other relief to which they may be entitled.

Brian D. Sutton, Joseph N. Jannise Jr. and Stephanie H. Harris of Sutton and Jacobs in Beaumont will be representing them.

The case has been assigned to Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court.

Jefferson County District Court case number: D183-602.

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