Vt. selectman's widow sues hospital over deathMarch 30,2013
BENNINGTON - The widow of a select board member in Pownal, Vt., has sued a hospital, accusing it of causing her husband's death in 2011.
The complaint was filed in Bennington Superior Court by Jean Prouty. It says Donald Prouty Jr. suffered a fall at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center that caused complications leading to his death.
The Bennington Banner reports (http://bit.ly/X0xKfZ) Prouty, who had Hepatitis C, went to the hospital complaining of head and neck pain from recent falls.
Hospital staff determined the 56-year-old Prouty was at a high risk of falling and ordered a bed alarm and "personal sitters."
The lawsuit says no one was in his room and the alarm was deactivated when he fell. He fractured his pelvis and suffered internal bleeding.
A hospital lawyer denies the allegations.
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