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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Patient seeks good recovery

Lawsuit claim: Hospital’s
post-op care caused a fall

By David Baker
Posted Sunday May 18, 2008

A lawsuit filed by woman who claims she fell because she was not given enough time to recover after a colonoscopy is another entry for what will be a Capital Region medical providers’ version of a newspaper’s police blotter.

Catherine McKie of Albany filed the lawsuit in 2006 in state Supreme Court in Albany County against Albany Memorial Hospital and its owner, Northeast Health Inc.

McKie alleges that following the procedure, she was rushed through the recovery period and as a result, fell and was injured.

According to legal papers, the defendants “…were negligent, careless and reckless in allowing, instructing and/or allowing Plaintiff Catherine McKie to get out of the recovery bed and dress herself without adequate assistance when it was known, or should have been known, that her capacity to do so was limited by her age and physical condition and thereby causing her to fall and suffer serious and diverse injuries.”

The suit does not give McKie’s age.

McKie’s attorney is Jonathan Fairbanks of the Zwiebel, Brody, Gold and Fairbanks law firm, which has an office on Western Avenue in Guilderland.

Memorial Hospital is represented by Carter, Conboy, Case, Blackmore, Maloney and Laird of Albany.

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