PITTSBURGH — A wife and estate executor is suing Allegheny General Hospital and West Penn Allegheny Health System, citing alleged wrongful death.
Jean McClay Mellon, individually and as executrix of the estate of Richard Mellon filed a complaint July 16 in the Allegheny County Courts of Common Pleas, alleging that the defendants failed to adequately implement measures to prevent Richard Mellon from falling.
According to the complaint, Richard Mellon was admitted tot he defendants' facility on June 27, 2016. As a result of the defendants' alleged negligence, the lawsuit claims he sustained a fall on the following day, resulting in a head injury and bleeding in the brain. After that, the lawsuit said his health deteriorated and he develop decubitus ulcers. Richard Mellon died of a stroke on Aug. 31, 2016.
The plaintiff said the defendants should be held responsible because they allegedly failed to properly monitor Richard Mellon's activities, despite his known predisposition for falling.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks a judgment in an amount in excess of the arbitration limits of the court, plus interest, costs and other proper relief. She is represented by Wayne Chiurazzi and John Bryan of The Chiurazzi Law Group in Pittsburgh.
Allegheny County Courts of Common Pleas case number GD-18-008245