Louisiana Medical Center Sued for Medical Malpractice

Louisiana Medical Center Sued for Medical MalpracticeCathy Anderson, who was allegedly left unattended for an extended period of time in the bathroom at a Louisiana hospital, has sued the medical center after she attempted to get up from the toilet herself and fell.

According to the Louisiana Record, Anderson has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against Lakeview Medical Center and Lakeview Regional Medical Center, claiming the establishments were negligent and contributed to the fall.

The complaint states that the incident occurred on October 30, 2008, after Anderson had been in the hospital for two days with a high fever and severe gastrointestinal issues. The accident allegedly occurred after she was assisted to the bathroom by a nurse, who then allegedly left her unattended for a lengthy period of time.

Anderson then attempted to get up herself, but allegedly fell from toilet, and sustained injuries to her neck, back, head and right leg, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit states the medical center is negligent for failing to use a "consistent, coordinated, multi-disciplinary approach to fall precautions, for the failure among team members to effectively establish an individualized plan of care concerning fall precautions, failing to instruct the patient and her family regarding fall precautions, failing to adequately monitor Anderson's response to pain medications and failing to properly observe, supervise, and assist Anderson with ambulation."

Anderson also alleges that Lakeview Regional is negligent for failing to introduce nursing measures that would require them to monitor patients like Anderson.

The plaintiff is seeking more than $600,000 in damages for alleged pain and suffering, disability and mental anguish, medical expenses, pain and suffering and interest and court costs.

According to the National Library of Medicine, narcotic analgesics, which Anderson had been given, can produce symptoms of drowsiness, dizziness and lightheadedness, which can affect movement and coordination.