My 80-yo mother had a fall, fracturing her skull. While in the hospital, she complained of not being able to hear on one side. I'm her POA & asked the nurse to have a dr. call me, but the nurse said the phones are "cheap". She was transferred to rehab, where she complained of not being able to hear. No tests were done. Once home, she went to an ENT, who said she has a massive amount of blood/fluid that needs removed, but said because of the fracture, bacteria could enter her brain & cause immediate death. He was upset the hospital did not follow this up when she complained. He said he can wait for the fracture to heal to see if anything can be done then. To me, this was negligent not investigating her complaint of hearing loss after suffering a trauma such as that.
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