Christus non-suited from case alleging patient needed supervision to prevent fall

By David Yates | Sep 12, 2013

An order of non-suit has been entered in litigation brought by Groves residents Mary and Kevin White, who sued Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth alleging the medical provider should have implemented fall prevention procedures for Mary.

As previously reported, the suit was filed March 28 in Jefferson County District Court.

At the plaintiffs’ request, Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court, signed the order of non-suit on July 30, court records show.

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 alleged the hospital was liable for the conduct of its nurses.

The plaintiffs were 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 represented them.

Case No. D194-198

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