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Lawsuit faults Williamson Co. hospital for female patient's fall, brain injury

By John Suayan | Nov 7, 2017


AUSTIN – After allegedly falling at a Williamson County hospital last year, Travis County resident Ollie Jo Edmondson has filed a lawsuit.

Edmondson’s suit, filed on Oct. 31 in the Austin Division of the Western District of Texas, faults the Cedar Park Regional Medical Center for the subject incident.

The plaintiff was originally admitted with the defendant on Sept. 27, 2016 for a non-life-threatening illness. Accompanied by her adult son, she was diagnosed with pneumonia, anemia and thrombocytopenia.

Court papers further state that a yellow arm band was placed on Edmondson, labeling her as a fall risk, and a yellow sign was placed on her room door.

As she was later transported for the purpose of performing a radiology examination of her chest, the suit explains, Edmondson was left unattended and without adequate protection from a potential fall.

“Edmondson was ultimately discovered by hospital staff on the ground, bleeding profusely and with a severe head injury,” the original petition says.

Edmondson’s son reportedly then discovered her in a “cocoon” of bandages around her head with blood oozing out of the side.

She was transferred to another hospital in the county where a head CT scan showed that she purportedly suffered a large subdural hemorrhage caused by her fall.

Per the complaint, Edmondson sustained a “serious and irreversible” brain injury, of which she requires round-the-clock care and supervision.

Consequently, the plaintiff seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

Attorney Rod S. Squires of the law firm Johnson Hobbs Squires, LLP in Waco serves as her lead counsel.

Austin Division of the Western District of Texas Case No. 1:17-CV-1030

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