Kyle Barnett Jul. 14, 2014, 5:00pm


GRETNA – A local hospital and a medical supply manufacturer are being sued by a patient for allegedly providing her a walker that collapsed beneath her.

Julie Pursell filed suit against Omega Hospital LLC, Medline Industries Inc., Proniche Medical LLC and Noble Plastics Inc. in the 24th Judicial District Court on June 17.

Pursell claims that after undergoing foot surgery she was given a walker with a knee attachment supplied by Omega and manufactured by Medline to take home with her that should have been able to support someone weighing up to 300 pounds. The plaintiff alleges she weighed less than 300 pounds at the date of her release, but that when she was using the walker in her home one of the wheels on the walker collapsed and she fell and hit her head on the corner of a table.

The defendant is accused of failing to provide a proper walker, failing to ensure that walker was sufficient and of appropriate construction, installing a knee attachment causing instability, allowing the plaintiff to leave with a device inappropriately suited for her needs and failing to properly assess and treat the plaintiff’s condition.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for physical pain and suffering, mental anguish and anxiety, medical expenses, lost wages, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of earning capacity and disability.

Pursell is represented by attorney Timothy R. Richardson of New Orleans.

The case has been assigned to Division E Judge John J. Molaison Jr.

Case no. 739-495.

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