Suit alleges woman's hip fractured at Baptist Hospital

Kelly Holleran Apr. 2, 2012, 1:13pm


A woman has filed suit against Memorial Hermann Baptist Beaumont Hospital, alleging she sustained a hip fracture while staying in the intensive care unit.

Sheila Antoine claims an ambulance transported her to Baptist Hospital on Feb. 10, 2010, after she began complaining of severe shortness of breath, cough and fever.

Medical personnel decided to take an X-ray of Antoine's chest. While the hospital staff was positioning Antoine on the table, she began to feel discomfort in her legs, according to the complaint filed March 15 in Jefferson County District Court.

Antoine's pain continued for the next few days and was so severe that she could not rotate her hip, the suit states. When medical staff was eventually able to take an X-ray of Antoine's left leg and hip on Feb. 17, 2010, they discovered that she had suffered from a fractured left hip, the complaint says.

"No indication is made in the plaintiff's records of how or when she sustained this fracture from the time she arrived at the facility and through her admission," the suit states.

In addition to the fracture, Antoine claims she suffered from decubitus ulcers while hospitalized.

Because of her injuries, Antoine endured pain, suffering, mental anguish and physical impairment and incurred medical costs, according to the complaint.

She blames hospital staff for causing her injuries, saying they negligently failed to accurately assess her medical condition and her skin condition, failed to document daily assessments of her skin, failed to properly clean her skin and failed to properly train and supervise employees.

In her complaint, Antoine is seeking an unspecified judgment, plus pre-judgment interest, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Mark A. Weycer and Bonnie Rogers of The Weycer Law Firm in Bellaire will be representing her.

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

Case No. D192-184

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