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Missing patient found dead in hospital stairwell

New York residents may be interested in this story about a woman who went missing from a San Francisco hospital. Although her condition had been improving, she disappeared from her hospital room for mysterious reasons. After friends and family searched the city for weeks, the missing 57-year-old woman was eventually found deceased in a hospital stairwell. It is not clear yet whether the family is planning to file a premises liability lawsuit.

Suffering from a bladder infection, the woman had checked herself into the San Francisco General Hospital. Two days later, the victim disappeared 15 minutes after being checked on by a nurse. When the nurse discovered that she was gone, she called for a search of the hospital. Despite the immediate search, hospital staff failed to locate the victim until one of its engineering employees checked an exterior stairwell two weeks later.

Family and friends were both shocked and horrified when they learned that the mother of two had been found dead. According to a joint statement from the hospital and police department, the woman had been in fair condition when she went missing. After her body was discovered, friends posted outraged messages on the Facebook page they had set up to help find their friend. One friend wrote that there needed to be an investigation.

Although family members of the deceased woman may never know exactly what happened, it is clear that the search conducted by hospital staff was inadequate. In order to seek compensation for their pain and suffering, family members may wish to file a premises liability lawsuit against the hospital. An attorney may be able to help them gather evidence and witness testimony to support their claim.

Source: CNN, “Body found in hospital stairwell is missing patient, examiner says“, Lateef Mungin and Dan Simon, October 10, 2013

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