Virginia: Patient Fall – a Lawyer’s Lawsuit

Virginia: Patient Fall – a Lawyer’s Lawsuit

On August 31, 2012, Mr. Waterman filed William M. Snovell, Executor of the Estate of Bernadette Teresa Connelly Snovell, Deceased v. Williamsburg Facility Operations, LLC, d/b/a Consulate Health Care of Williamsburg, and “Jane Roe/John Doe” in Circuit Court for York County and the Town of Poquoson, Virginia. It is another patient fall case.

The State Medical Examiner has certified that the death of 81 year-old Bernadette Snovell was caused by her fall, fractured ribs, and pneumothorax suffered as a patient at Consulate Health Care of Williamsburg. Hence her husband as Executor of the Estate has alleged wrongful death.

Snovell claims medical malpractice arising principally from the alleged failure of Consulate Health Care of Williamsburg to engage bed/chair alarms ordered for her safety by her attending physician. Snovell also claims numerous other shortcomings, including inaccurate record-keeping, failure to relocate her near the nursing station, and material treatment delays.

The nursing home lawsuit seeks $4,550,000.00 in damages. In 2005, Mr. Waterman got a jury award of $1,600,000.00 for another fall victim at Riverside Hospital, Inc.’s Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News Circuit Court, which then record-setting verdict was upheld by the Virginia Supreme Court in 2006 inRiverside Hosp., Inc. v. Johnson, 272 Va. 518 (2006).