Saturday, July 10, 2010

N. C. Nursing home faces lawsuit

As a nurse heads to court on murder charges in the morphine-related death of a patient, her Chapel Hill nursing home faces civil malpractice suits following serious injuries to two other patients.

Her husband, Marian Orlowski, died of pneumonia on July 16 at age 86. Two years earlier, his wife took him to Britthaven of Chapel Hill after a surgery at UNC Hospitals.

"Later on that same day, Dr. Marian Orlowski was found on the floor of his room," states a legal complaint filed by the Orlowskis' attorney. "He had fallen and sustained serious personal injuries, including a fracture to his left hip."

The suit accuses Britthaven of negligence, including failure to monitor Orlowski, who suffered from dementia according to the complaint, and not providing a bed with side rails.

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