Our client filed a claim against a medical facility for an injury that occurred in 2010. At that time, a medical facility employee was at a nurse’s station at an area hospital. The employee, while making copies at a copy machine, negligently left his backpack in a location out of sight from nurses coming around the corner from the floor into the nursing station but not out of their path of travel. Our client was walking into the nurse’s station when her foot caught in the straps of the backpack negligently left by the employee. Unfortunately, our client fell immediately to the floor and required a rapid response team to assist her.
She suffered immediate pain in her left arm, left wrist and left hip. A doctor examined her and admitted her to the hospital. Due to the employee's negligence, this clinical charge nurse became a patient. Our client remained in the hospital for a five-day stay. In 2010, an orthopedic surgeon performed a left hip replacement due to an impacted femoral neck fracture. Due to her bone density, the prosthetic hip needed to be cemented in place. Fortunately for our client, the doctor performed a relatively successful surgery.
After our client's discharge home, she treated with a home health care company. She continued her follow up care with her doctor and later in 2010, the doctor judged our client to be at maximum medical improvement with regard to the permanent injury she suffered earlier in the year. Our client was given an impairment rating of 3% and permanent restrictions of no climbing, no kneeling, and no squatting. Our client could no longer be a clinical charge nurse and was forced into retirement due to the accident.