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Patient falls from CT table, files lawsuit against Connecticut provider

by Lisa Chamoff, Contributing Reporter | April 22, 2024
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A patient who was injured after falling from a CT scan table in 2022 is suing a Connecticut hospital and radiology practice, according to the Record-Journal newspaper.

The patient, Monica Lynch, suffered a stroke in March of that year and was treated at MidState Medical Center in Meriden, Connecticut. The lawsuit claims that MidState Radiology Associates staff didn’t use the necessary safety straps to secure Lynch to the CT scan table and didn’t properly attend to the patient, who had “cognitive, neurological and motor skill impairments as a result of her stroke,” to prevent the fall.

Lynch fractured her ribs and vertebrae in her neck in the fall, according to the lawsuit, filed in state Superior Court. Lynch’s attorneys allege that the because of the incident, she wasn’t able to be treated with tissue plasminogen activator, known as tPA medication, which dissolves blood clots in the brain.
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MidState Medical Center and MidState Radiology Associates are affiliated with Hartford HealthCare, which was also listed as a defendant in the lawsuit.

A Hartford HealthCare spokeswoman declined to comment to the Record-Journal, except to say patient safety and well-being was their “highest priority.”

Lynch is seeking monetary damages and claims the fall resulted in additional medical expenses, loss of earnings and emotional distress.

Another Connecticut patient was recently awarded more than $14 million in a lawsuit filed for an incident in 2014, when the imaging table he was on collapsed during a nuclear stress test. The patient, who was 340 pounds at the time, worried that the table wouldn’t support him, but his concerns were dismissed, according to the lawsuit, which was filed in 2016 and concluded April 5.

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