Q: Fall while patient in hospital for unrelated issues, due to faulty railing, taken to ER, then to another hospital
for injuries, then rehab., released and sent home March 1, 2021. no photos of faulty stair railing available, has been repaired, no acceptance of responsibility but visit while in rehab and phone calls from someone, asking that he sign a 'release'...has not to this day signed. Are their any avenues at all to help this senior..a case of some sort for injuries, ability to obtain copy of the release and medical chart from ER or hospital to review..what type of law would handle this..medical malpractice, personal injury? I'm lost..only a friend trying to help this senior, with no family to speak of.
A: It is necessary to know the nature of the faulty stair railing as well as the nature of the injury sustained and whether there are any deficits from the injury. It would be a premises case so you need to establish that the hospital knew or should have known of the defective banister. It is unusual that anyone, much less a patient, is climbing stairs in a hospital.
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