An Ohio man is suing the Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati, where his wife – who died in a car accident earlier this year – was a nurse, claiming that understaffing issues at the hospital forced nurses to work through breaks and pick up additional shifts. The Ohio wrongful death lawsuit alleges that fatigue from being overworked caused the 38-year-old mother of two to fall asleep behind the wheel of her car, which veered off the road, jumped an embankment, and collided with a tree, resulting in her death.
According to other nurses present at the hospital during her final shift, the woman said she was extremely stressed and admitted that she hadn’t eaten all day before she drove home.
Understaffing is a chronic problem in hospitals around the country, but wrongful death cases stemmed from staffing issues are unusual. In the lawsuit, the plaintiff also claims that staffers at the hospital – including his wife’s supervisor – were aware of the problem, and even went so far as to alert Mercy Health Group, the hospital’s parent company, expressing concern that she was being “worked to death.” Still, the hospital did nothing to resolve the problem.
If your loved one has died because of another party’s negligence or recklessness, please contact Robert W. Kerpsack Co., L.P.A. or call (614) 766-2000 to schedule a free case evaluation with our experienced Ohio wrongful death attorney. We can help you fight for justice on behalf of your loved one.