HUNTINGTON – A woman alleges that because of her fall during treatment at a hospital she has lost the ability to walk and care for herself and requires round-the-clock care.

Carolyn Sue Baker filed a complaint on July 5 in Cabell Circuit Court against Cabell Huntington Hospital Inc. and Ohio Department of Medicaid citing medical professional negligence and health insurance subrogation.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that in May 2015, she was being treated for facial burns at Cabell Huntington Hospital Inc. and was given mind-altering medications. The suit states on May 17, 2015, she wandered out of the hospital room by herself, lost her balance and fell and remained on the floor until she was discovered by an employee and taken back to her bed. The plaintiff alleges that X-rays were not taken until two days later, when it was discovered that she had fractured her right arm and hip.

The plaintiff holds Cabell Huntington Hospital Inc. and Ohio Department of Medicaid responsible because Cabell Huntington Hospital Inc. allegedly failed to recognize Baker's fall risk and failed to implement fall protection measures.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against the defendants for damages, plus court costs, and other relief as may be appropriate. She is represented by Debra A. Nelson of The Nelson Law Firm in Cincinnati, Ohio. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Paul T. Farrell.

Cabell Circuit Court Case number 17-C-393

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