Groves residents Mary and Kevin White are suing Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth, alleging the medical provider should have implemented fall prevention procedures for Mary.

The suit was filed March 28 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the lawsuit, Mary was hospitalized at St. Elizabeth from Jan. 21, 2011, to Jan. 25, 2011. On Jan. 23, 2011, she fell and broke her nose.

The suit does not state why Mary was hospitalized or how she fell.

“The evidence will likely show that although Mrs. White was at high risk for a fall … (the defendant) failed to properly assess and supervise (her) … and implement proper procedures for fall prevention,” the suit states.

The suit further states the hospital is liable for the conduct of its nurses.

The plaintiffs are seeking to recover damages for past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment, disfigurement and lost wages, plus all court costs.

Orange attorney Sandee Hart represents them.

Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. D194-198

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