The family of Max DeVries, 61, who fell off an operating room table while undergoing brain surgery to install a lumbar drain which allows cerebrospinal fluid to drain, has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against St. Joseph’s Hospital of St. Paul, Minnesota.
DeVries was undergoing the procedure and part of his skull had been removed when he rolled off the surgical table, hitting the exposed portion of his brain on the floor, causing additional injuries.
DeVries never recovered from the stroke he had suffered and the injury from the fall; he died approximately a month later.
The wrongful death lawsuit claims that the hospital was negligent in providing proper restraints for DeVries.
Washington state has a wrongful death statute which allows the family of a person who dies due to the wrongful or negligent act of another to sue on behalf of their deceased loved one.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We are a personal injury law firm with more than 40 years experience representing medical malpractice victims and their families.
The Seattle Times Heavy patient falls off operating room table – later dies
Published: July 28, 2010