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#1 User is offline   slowerpig81 

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Post icon  Posted 12 December 2008 - 03:54 PM

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A woman who tumbled out of a fourth floor window at an East St. Louis medical facility last year and fell to the ground has sued.

An attorney for Krystal Coleman, 23, sued the Comprehensive Behavioral Health Center of St. Clair County on Thursday alleging that the premises presented an unreasonable risk of harm. The suit says the window was not locked, did not have security or unbreakable glass, was not secured so that it could be opened only by a staff member and was big enough for an adult to pass through. The suit claims that Comprehensive Behavioral Health and its employees were negligent because they did not secure or lock the window, did not prevent access to the window and did not supervise the area around the window.


The suit says the woman was permanently injured due to the fall.

The facility is located at the Kenneth Hall hospital in East St. Louis.


:huh: I think she deserves it. Like she is going to win.
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Posted 12 December 2008 - 03:58 PM

If she was admitted because she was suicidal there may be a case. Other than that, the hospital should counter sue for the mental harm of it's doctors, being around her was bound to drop peoples IQ's.
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Posted 12 December 2008 - 03:59 PM

Behavioral Health Center? Obviously they did fail to change her behavior... She continues to do stupid things.

I'd like to see a pic of the windows on the 4th floor. Even old hospitals had windows small enough that you'd have to crawl through to get out.

Sadly chances are she'll win.
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Posted 12 December 2008 - 03:59 PM

Well if the women was retarded or something, I can see why she's sueing.

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Posted 12 December 2008 - 04:00 PM

she was the idiot who leaned up against the window. I bet she wins though, with today's courts
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Posted 12 December 2008 - 04:13 PM

Yeah, tried to find it on street view, but the street is not covered.
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Posted 12 December 2008 - 04:55 PM

how is it the hospitals fault that she was dumb enough to fall out of a window?
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Posted 12 December 2008 - 04:56 PM

View PostSamSquanch, on Dec 12 2008, 06:55 PM, said:

how is it the hospitals fault that she was dumb enough to fall out of a window?

The same way it's the road crews fault the road it slick after a snow storm :laugh:

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Posted 12 December 2008 - 04:59 PM

Wow, common sense isn't all that common after all.

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Posted 12 December 2008 - 04:59 PM

View PostSamSquanch, on Dec 12 2008, 06:55 PM, said:

how is it the hospitals fault that she was dumb enough to fall out of a window?

It depends on the specific window. For example if its an unsecured balcony window, it's the hospital's fault. If it's a 3' by 4' window that 6' above the floor, has bars on it and so forth, it's her own damned fault.
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Posted 12 December 2008 - 05:01 PM

You would think there would be a balcony on the other side of the balcony window.
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Posted 12 December 2008 - 06:26 PM

I think the key is "Behavioral Health Center". That's a hospital for people with mental processing issues...obviously the center misdiagnosed the seriousness of her mental health. She probably should have been strapped down if she was the type that was going to climb out a window. I think we're only getting part of the story from the media.
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Posted 12 December 2008 - 07:02 PM

Warpaint, we always only get one side from the media, and yes, by the name it does sound like she may have been in a mental hospital. She might win, she may have cause, but it doesn't make me happy.
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Posted 12 December 2008 - 07:15 PM

View PostGilla, on Dec 12 2008, 09:02 PM, said:

Warpaint, we always only get one side from the media, and yes, by the name it does sound like she may have been in a mental hospital. She might win, she may have cause, but it doesn't make me happy.


I'm just offering a different perspective on the situation...it is just as incomplete as the one presented by the press...I wasn't there, but it seems to me that there are clues indicating some important information is being omitted...one should wonder why. All I'm really saying is that we might react or feel differently about the woman being stupid for climbing out a window, or unjustified in suing the hospital for them not taking more precautions to keep her from harm...especially if that's why she was there. So, if she was at the mental health center because she was prone to hurting herself, sought professional support to resolve that, and the hospital failed to assess her properly and take adequate precautions, would that be so different from suing a surgeon who infected his patient because he forgot to wash his hands or wear a mask and gown? Seeing things from that perspective might make you happier.
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Posted 12 December 2008 - 07:30 PM

View PostWarpaint, on Dec 12 2008, 11:15 PM, said:

View PostGilla, on Dec 12 2008, 09:02 PM, said:

Warpaint, we always only get one side from the media, and yes, by the name it does sound like she may have been in a mental hospital. She might win, she may have cause, but it doesn't make me happy.


I'm just offering a different perspective on the situation...it is just as incomplete as the one presented by the press...I wasn't there, but it seems to me that there are clues indicating some important information is being omitted...one should wonder why. All I'm really saying is that we might react or feel differently about the woman being stupid for climbing out a window, or unjustified in suing the hospital for them not taking more precautions to keep her from harm...especially if that's why she was there. So, if she was at the mental health center because she was prone to hurting herself, sought professional support to resolve that, and the hospital failed to assess her properly and take adequate precautions, would that be so different from suing a surgeon who infected his patient because he forgot to wash his hands or wear a mask and gown? Seeing things from that perspective might make you happier.


Warpaint, I'm not happy that she got hurt. I'm not happy that the hospital- if at fault- oops'ed that badly. And I'm not happy that whatever she wins, (should she win) her lawyer will get half. (I'm sure that's an overstatement, but that's how I feel.)

I was agreeing with you that we usually only recieve half of the story from any one source. The only way to truely understand what happened is to be there when it did happen. Second best is to get both sides of the story and try to reconcile them into a single story. Worst is to listen to only one side. When I was an MP I waited until I had heard both stories and asked my questions before I wrote my synopsis, and then it was only after I had left to avoid any editing from anyone.

Again, it's her right to sue, I'm just sorry she might have cause to sue.
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