Our client was a professional who became depressed and suicidal. After ingesting an overdose of Tylenol she was admitted to a hospital for treatment and protection. The nurses were instructed not to leave her alone. At 6:30 am the night nurse left the room to report that the screen was missing from the window. Upon returning to the room, our client was gone. She was found on the ground just below the window of her seventh story hospital room. She had crawled through the opening in the window and jumped to her death.
The medical records revealed that the on-duty nurse had written in the records that she had checked in on our client and found her asleep in bed after she had already jumped to her death (an obvious falsification of the record). Our experts were ready to testify that the hospital staff failed to properly protect our client from her mental illness. The case was settled for $750,000.