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73 Year Old Woman Suffers Severe Brain Injury in Fall at Hospital

July 15, 2015

Raleigh, NC (July 15, 2015) - The guardian ad-litem of a 73-year-old woman who suffered a severe brain injury from a fall at a hospital while being x-rayed filed suit today against the hospital and its x-ray technician.

Joyce Gause was injured on March 13, 2015, when she fell at the New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina. 

A lawsuit was filed today in New Hanover County Superior Court by Joyce’s Guardian Ad Litem, and her husband of over fifty years, Vertis Gause, naming the hospital and technician.  The lawsuit alleges Joyce was taken back for an x-ray and fell during the process resulting in a severe traumatic brain injury.  The suit alleges the technician failed to properly assist, secure and support Joyce, which resulted in her falling and suffering severe injuries.  The suit was filed by attorney Adam Neijna, of the Law Offices of Adam Neijna, in Raleigh.

“What happened to Joyce could just as easily have happened to other patients,” Neijna said. “We need to make sure patients are safe at all times while at a hospital and that proper steps are taken so that tragedies such as this never happen again.” 

Joyce, who sang in the church choir, and Vertis, a local pastor, are the parents of five children: Natalie Gause, Josie Gause, Jonathan Gause, Jane Gause and James Gause. 

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