A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed after a patient was found dead at the bottom of an emergency stairwell 17 days after she disappeared from her room. The family of the victim filed the lawsuit against San Francisco, which owns the medical facility.
Lynne Spalding, 57, was placed in San Francisco General Hospital on September 19, 2013 and was found dead in a hospital emergency stairwell on October 8, 2013, the LA Times reported. According to the lawsuit, an horrific set of errors, allegedly made by the hospital and the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department, which provides security for San Francisco General, was responsible for Spalding’s death. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Spalding’s son and daughter–both adults–and alleges that Spalding had been diagnosed with episodic confusion, a bladder infection, and a blood infection when she was admitted to the hospital, the LA Times reported. More Hospital Sued After Patient is Found Dead After Being Missing for 17 Days