Virginia: Patient Fall – a Lawyer’s Reply

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On October 15, 2012, Mr. Waterman filed Plaintiff’s Reply Memorandum in Shirley Frazier Burrell v. Riverside Hospital, Inc. and Nurse M. Ames, No. CL1101633F-15 in Circuit Court for the City of Newport News, Virginia. Plaintiff victim inBurrell suffered a broken hip and disabling stroke following a patient fall at Riverside.

By her underlying Motion to Compel, Plaintiff seeks to depose Riverside through its most knowledgeable persons to identify the bed alarm and soft restraints customarily used by Riverside for its nursing orientation, nursing preceptorships, nursing in-services, nursing NetLearning and computer-based learning, and nursing schools as safety interventions to protect high-risk patients from falling. Plaintiff in Burrell seeks $10,350,000.00 in damages for Riverside’s alleged medical malpractice.