Woman claims paralysis after being moved improperly from wheelchair

Kyle Barnett Nov. 20, 2012, 12:13am

Laurence E. Best

GRETNA – A local hospital and healthcare workers employed and formerly employed there are being sued by a woman who claims she was paralyzed in an allegedly botched lift from her wheelchair.

Deianca Jones Henry, wife of/and Glen Edward Henry, individually and on behalf of their minor children filed suit against Kyle Derek Weishaupt, Miranda Leah Romero McGoffin, Ochsner Foundation Hospital and Clinic, Ochsner Health System, Ochsner Hospital-Elmwood and their insurer in the 24th Judicial District Court on Oct. 9.

The defendant is accused of failing to train, instruct, supervise, govern, counsel, assist and oversee employees; failing to have in place of implement safety policies,; failing to use, require or provide proper equipment and devices; failing to adequately screen employees; negligently hiring and retaining employees; failing to have in place appropriate chain of command; failing to intervene, interrupt, terminate or prevent improper and unsafe practice; failing to act reasonably under the circumstances; failing to use proper wheelchair transfer technique; unskillful, negligent, inadequate execution of wheelchair transfer; failing to use proper wheelchair transfer equipment; failing o heed policies, guidelines, procedures, practices, training, instruction; failing to use ordinary care and judgment; failing to communicate, inquire, warn, sat reasonably, seek or obtain assistance; failing to properly locate plaintiff on wheelchair or exercise mat; failing to see, feel, detect, or perceive what could have been seen, felt, detected or perceived; failing to terminate maneuver; failing to adequately and appropriately support, lift, move or release plaintiff and failing to posses the necessary skill, experience or training to execute maneuver.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for physical pain and suffering, emotional pain, mental pain, suffering and anguish, medical expenses, life care expenses, lost wages and income, lost earning capacity, disabilities, impermanent disfigurement, aggravation of preexisting conditions, impaired longevity, decreased life span, increased mortality, increased proclivity o consequential conditions, loss of enjoyment of lifestyle, loss of consortium, social stigma humiliation, embarrassment and inconvenience.

Henry is represented by attorney Laurence E. Best of New Orleans.

The case has been assigned to Division M Judge Henry G. Sullivan, Jr.

Case no. 719-891.

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