Walter Reed Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center is being sued for $4.45 million in a wrongful death suit after the death of Gerda A. Harvey, reports Dailypress.com. Harvey’s surviving relatives are suing the center for failing to properly monitor the woman. According to court documents, Harvey had fallen twice before the fall that led to her death.
A nurse discovered Harvey on July 23 on the floor of her room. She had a bloody cut on her head and told the nurse she had a headache. She was admitted to Riverside Walter Reed Hospital at 8:30 p.m. that day and was diagnosed with an inoperable brain hemorrhage. She died on July 30.
Avery Waterman, the attorney representing Harvey’s surviving relatives, said that the convalescent center failed to take proper measures to ensure Harvey did not fall again. Although a bed alarm was installed after the third fall to alert staff if Harvey attempted to get off the bed again, this measure, says Waterman, was taken too late.