Here’s a conundrum for a VA Hospital.
According to this article in the Oregonian, the widow of a patient who fell to his death from the roof of a Veterans Affairs Medical Center is suing the hospital and the doctors for $4.5 million.
The federal government has already stated that a patient death associated with a fall while being cared for in a healthcare facility is a “never event.”
I wonder whether the widow’s attorney will use the federal government’s new classifications of never events as proof that the government hospital was negligent. After all, if the government states, in effect, that such events should “never” happen, shouldn’t the occurrence of such an event be used as prima facie evidence of the government hospital’s negligence in this matter?
Hello, summary judgment.