Harvey Hospital is being sued by an estate administrator who is claiming that the hospital was negligent and caused a relative’s death.
The independent executor of Gwendolyn Davis’ estate, Lynn M. Hubbard, filed the lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court on May 4. Named in the lawsuit is Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey. The suit alleges that the hospital was negligent in failing to prevent Davis from falling.
According to the papers filed, Davis was admitted to the hospital’s emergency room on December 27, 2008. She had been complaining of seeing spots and had garbled speech. Because of her condition and the side effects of medication she was taking for Parkinson disease, the suit alleges that she was at an increased risk for falling.
On December 29, 2008, Davis allegedly fell while attempting to use a commode next to her bed. As a result of the fall, Davis sustained a broken hip and head contusions. She suffered with pain and medical expenses. She later died of those injuries. Hubbard alleges that the hospital did not provide a call light, a sitter, or adequate fall prevention.
Hubbard has asked for a jury trial and is seeking more than $50,000.
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