Lawsuit for Leaving An Old Patient Unattended

In Hardman v. Long Is. Urological Assocs., 253 AD2d 849 [2d Dept 1998], the plaintiff alleged that the nurse and doctor did not act reasonably in leaving the 90-year-old patient unattended while he was seated upon the examination table, from which he fell. The Appellate Division found that the medical records were devoid of any evidence that the decedent was disoriented, or that his cognitive functions were in any way impaired, and under the circumstances, the Supreme Court properly concluded that there was no evidence to support a finding of negligence.