Smoker sues hospital when wheelchair ...

Smoker sues hospital when wheelchair overturns

There are 15 comments on the Charleston Gazette story from Jun 2, 2011, titled Smoker sues hospital when wheelchair overturns. In it, Charleston Gazette reports that:

An emergency room patient at CAMC Teays Valley has sued the hospital, claiming he was injured when his wheelchair overturned in the designated smoking area.

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ER RN

Charleston, WV

#1 Jun 3, 2011
No, I don't work at CAMC but it's the same in every ER...this guy needs a life! If he was sick enough to go to the ER then he shouldn't have been outside smoking!! Just another example of our tax dollars at work and abuse/misuse of the ER. It's too bad we don't have the time to take care of the patients who really need our help. He probably didn't get his pain meds so he had to find a way to REALLY need some!
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Red House, WV

#2 Jun 5, 2011
ER RN wrote:
No, I don't work at CAMC but it's the same in every ER...this guy needs a life! If he was sick enough to go to the ER then he shouldn't have been outside smoking!! Just another example of our tax dollars at work and abuse/misuse of the ER. It's too bad we don't have the time to take care of the patients who really need our help. He probably didn't get his pain meds so he had to find a way to REALLY need some!
You got that right for sure
tax payer

Hansford, WV

#3 Jun 6, 2011
This guys most Likely already on social security disability, and medicare. This is just one of the reasons people that actually pay for their healthcare are being robbed when they get treated. This guy better hope I'm not on the jury.
ER RN

Charleston, WV

#4 Jun 6, 2011
tax payer wrote:
This guys most Likely already on social security disability, and medicare. This is just one of the reasons people that actually pay for their healthcare are being robbed when they get treated. This guy better hope I'm not on the jury.
I hear ya!!!
p

Nitro, WV

#5 Jun 6, 2011
ER RN wrote:
No, I don't work at CAMC but it's the same in every ER...this guy needs a life! If he was sick enough to go to the ER then he shouldn't have been outside smoking!! Just another example of our tax dollars at work and abuse/misuse of the ER. It's too bad we don't have the time to take care of the patients who really need our help. He probably didn't get his pain meds so he had to find a way to REALLY need some!
No I don't work there either and you are right. It is the same way everywhere. I bet the person is looking for as they
use to call it a green back poultice meaning $$$$$ from a law suit. This is how some people make a living. Working at a hospital as i am coming or leaving work i have seen my share of smokers pushing their IV poles across the lot. What is worse when they decide they want to smoke 2 ft from the entrance, because it is raining or cold outside and they dont want to make the trip to the smoking hut as all they have on is two gowns(to cover front and back) I am sure they are the first one to complain because they didnt see their dr today. Never mind the fact that two out of the last 4 days he has made rounds the patient could not be found. I have been in the er before and a pts name is called and someone answers for them.... They just went out to have a cig and said if you called their name they would be right back. Lol, grrrr
Mitch

West Mansfield, OH

#6 Jun 6, 2011
I work in healthcare and I am a smoker. This is stupid. If I saw this guy I would do more than tip his wheelchair over. If you are dumb enough to tip your own wheelchair over, it is your fault. Also, I know my risks from smoking. If I get cancer or any other problems from smoking, it is MY FAULT. I know the risks, and so does everyone else. But everybody wants a free payday. This guy is probably a welfare bum that has never worked. I may be a smoker, but at least I buy my cigs with money I EARNED.
ejmeadows

Nitro, WV

#7 Jun 6, 2011
Mitch wrote:
I work in healthcare and I am a smoker. This is stupid. If I saw this guy I would do more than tip his wheelchair over. If you are dumb enough to tip your own wheelchair over, it is your fault. Also, I know my risks from smoking. If I get cancer or any other problems from smoking, it is MY FAULT. I know the risks, and so does everyone else. But everybody wants a free payday. This guy is probably a welfare bum that has never worked. I may be a smoker, but at least I buy my cigs with money I EARNED.
Well put Mitch
smokey

Indianapolis, IN

#8 Jun 6, 2011
Mitch wrote:
I work in healthcare and I am a smoker. This is stupid. If I saw this guy I would do more than tip his wheelchair over. If you are dumb enough to tip your own wheelchair over, it is your fault. Also, I know my risks from smoking. If I get cancer or any other problems from smoking, it is MY FAULT. I know the risks, and so does everyone else. But everybody wants a free payday. This guy is probably a welfare bum that has never worked. I may be a smoker, but at least I buy my cigs with money I EARNED.
I couldn't agree more as a smoker and health care worker. I def. don't agree with what he is doing, but I have been on both sides of the fence of this. I have went out to smoke while being in ER and in the hospital. You don't loose that craving, even if you are hurt or sick, and non-smokers will never understand this.
smokey

Indianapolis, IN

#9 Jun 6, 2011
By the way, the smokers already no how bad it is for them without being reminded over and over!
john

Grover, MO

#10 Jun 15, 2011
ER RN wrote:
No, I don't work at CAMC but it's the same in every ER...this guy needs a life! If he was sick enough to go to the ER then he shouldn't have been outside smoking!! Just another example of our tax dollars at work and abuse/misuse of the ER. It's too bad we don't have the time to take care of the patients who really need our help. He probably didn't get his pain meds so he had to find a way to REALLY need some!
Who said the guy was "sick"? I don't know the whole story and I'm not taking sides with the guy. You said if he was sick enough to be there then he shouldn't have been smoking. I darn near smashed my finger off and after 2 and half hours waiting to be seen by the doctor I went out and smoked. When I went back in I waited another hour before my name was called.
You implied that he shouldn't have been smoking since he had gone to the er. That doesn't make sense.
The rest of your attack is uneducated assumptions. The guy may be on ssi because of an injury suffered on the job through no fault of his own. Maybe he was born with a disability. I don't know so I won't talk about it like you guys. I will agree that it's strange he turned his chair over. Maybe he has had much experience in a wheelchair. Maybe he was on pain meds prescribed by a doctor for an injury which effected his judgment. You claim to not work there oor know anything about the guy or incedent other than he turned his chair over. Funny how you can get all over a person and make them out to be scum bags when you have already admitted you know nothing about them.
Mitch

United States

#11 Jun 15, 2011
You miss the point, John. I know very little about this case, but this guy is obviously just looking for a payday. If I was in a wheelchair, and it turned over, I would ask someone to help me get back up, and that would be the end of it. I wouldn't try to get rich because I am clumsy. But in WV, many people make a living off of lawsuits. That's why I work so hard and pay so much in taxes.
john

Grover, MO

#12 Jun 15, 2011
I'm not arguing that point. Yes, he's looking for a handout. Unless there was damage to the area making it hard to get around in the wheelchair then the suit should get thrown out of court. It was the statement that if he was sick enough to go to the er then he was too sick to be smoking that got me.
Maybe I am just too edgy. A commy on another thread got me worked up and I haven't calmed down yet.
Mary

Charleston, WV

#13 Oct 3, 2011
john wrote:
I'm not arguing that point. Yes, he's looking for a handout. Unless there was damage to the area making it hard to get around in the wheelchair then the suit should get thrown out of court. It was the statement that if he was sick enough to go to the er then he was too sick to be smoking that got me.
Maybe I am just too edgy. A commy on another thread got me worked up and I haven't calmed down yet.
Nicotine patches should be mandatory for patients (whether they are seeking treatment in the ER or an inpatient) who smoke! And they should be required to sign a waiver relieving the hospital of any and all responsibilitiy if they venture outside of the hospital for ANY reason!! I remember when a inpatient was NOT allowed to leave their floor let alone go outside and the nurses knew where patients were at all times.
RN

Nitro, WV

#14 Jul 21, 2012
Big Dummy, u know u were not even supposed to be out there in the first place. If like most hospitals, u probably signed a form stating the hsp. Is not responsible if u choose to go smoke!!
LOL

Saint Albans, WV

#15 Aug 17, 2012
At least he didn't fall far!

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