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Undocumented Fall Hinders Hip Rehabilitation and Recovery in Nursing Home

October 4, 2012

Pauline Gogol, an 85-year-old female, had hip replacement surgery on June 7, 2011. On June 25, 2011, she entered Mills-Peninsula Skilled Nursing in California for rehabilitation. While there, Gogol suffered a hip dislocation and fracture to her right hip socket and had to undergo emergency hip surgery on June 27, 2011 and November 2011. Gogol, by and through her sister and guardian ad litem, sued the nursing facility for negligence and elder abuse.

Mills-Peninsula Skilled Nursing argued that Gogol never suffered a fall and that her injury was a result of a transfer or non-negligent cause. The facility filed a cross-complaint against MGA Healthcare and Relief Nursing Services who were hired to provide “sitters” to watch Gogol. Mills-Peninsula alleged they were liable for any negligence. Ultimately, the jury ruled in favor of Gogol, and she was awarded $1,844.400 in total damages.

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