A nurse working at a nursing home was stabbed repeatedly by a resident, resulting in multiple injuries. Five years later she sued various administrators of the nursing home, alleging breach of a personal duty of care by, among other things, allowing the plaintiff to care for the resident without providing proper safeguards and failing to warn the plaintiff of the resident’s violent history and dangerous nature.
An intoxicated patient came to a hospital voluntarily seeking entry into an alcohol detoxification program. The patient left the hospital several hours later without being formally discharged. Subsequently, while attempting to cross a street, the patient was hit by a car and injured. The patient sued the hospital and examining physician, alleging that they were negligent in not involuntarily detaining him.
Immediately after spinal fusion surgery, a patient began experiencing the signs of cauda equine syndrome (CES), a compressive neuropathy involving multiple nerve roots affecting motor, sensory, bowel, bladder, and sexual function. The surgeon did not examine the patient following the surgery and did nothing for ten days, at which point a second surgery was performed. The second surgery did not provide relief. The patient was permanently disabled due to nerve damage. He sued the surgeon for malpractice, alleging, among other things, negligent post-operative care.