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Patient claims hospital negligence led to her devastating fall

Using the restroom might be an intrinsically private activity for the vast majority of people, but there times when adequate supervision is more important than anything else. For injured or seriously ill people, going to the bathroom by themselves can be dangerous, and allowing certain patients to do so can even be a violation of the standards of care. In other instances, a patient might be well enough to use the restroom on their own, but hospital negligence can still result in a tragic outcome.

While undergoing treatment at a hospital outside of New Jersey, a patient attempted to use the restroom by herself. Although she was in recovery, she was presumably cleared to do so without the aid of staff. However, once in the bathroom, a defective toilet seat caused her to fall.

In a suit filed against the hospital, she claims that she suffered both serious and permanent injuries because of the fall. She has since been forced to deal with lingering pain and suffering, but also the added financial burden of undergoing additional medical care. Had the hospital not neglected the hazardous condition of the bathrooms for its patients, she believes she might not have fallen.

The vast majority of patients in New Jersey enter the hospital with the expectation of being helped, not harmed. Suffering a serious injury due to hospital negligence or a blatant violation of the standards of care can be truly devastating victims who were already suffering from separate health problems. Although the added burden of extra medical bills and recovery time can feel like too much to bear, many victims find that these issues can be addressed with compensation from the successful litigation of a medical malpractice claim.

Source:, "Woman sues Good Shepherd Hospital for alleged bathroom negligence", Kevin Shepke, Sept. 1, 2015

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