It's that time of year again -- time for spring cleaning the house and yard. Some Rhode Island residents look forward to this opportunity to clean out, clear out and make everything look fresh and new. Many individuals go to great lengths to get to every last speck of dirt and grime. One woman in a nearby state fell off a ladder while spring cleaning, was rushed to the hospital and died the next day as the result of doctor errors in not completely stabilizing her, according to a recently settled lawsuit.
While cleaning her house, the woman fell off of a six-foot ladder. This resulted in several broken ribs, and the broken point of one of these ribs was dangerously close to her aorta. At the first hospital she was taken to, doctors decided that she should be transferred to another hospital. She remained in this first hospital overnight to be monitored and was given medication for pain. Her medical records indicated that she was coughing.