Hofheinz v. Regents (UCDMC)

Sacramento Superior Court – 10 days jury, September 1992. Claim of nursing negligence in failing to properly restrain closed head injury patient with prior demonstrated instances of combative behavior. Upon release, he overpowered the nurse and jumped from a fourth floor window, fracturing his os calcis and possibly his wrist. Contention was that past behaviors should have lead nurse to release patient only with the presence of additional staff sufficient to control him. Plaintiff asked for $345,000. Defense verdict, with verdict for hospital on cross-complaint for unpaid medical charges in the amount of $42,500 plus accrued interest and attorney’s fees. No appeal.