Woman Sues Hospital Over Fall Off Operating Table

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A woman is suing a Connecticut hospital, saying she was severely injured when she fell off an operating table after surgery.

Attorneys for 81-year-old Florence Fiedler of New Canaan filed the lawsuit against Yale-New Haven Hospital on Tuesday.

The lawsuit in New Haven Superior Court says Fiedler had a pacemaker implanted in February 2010 and fell off the table after the surgery. Her attorneys say she suffered fractures of the hip and collarbone, a traumatic head injury that resulted in bleeding under her skull and other injuries.

The lawsuit alleges the hospital failed to prevent the fall by improperly leaving Fiedler unattended. It also says employees didn't put the operating table in the lowest position before allowing Fiedler to reposition herself.

A message was left Tuesday with a hospital spokesman.

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