The family of an Ohio nurse who died in a car accident while driving home from a shift has sued her hospital, alleging that she was “worked to death.”
The wrongful death lawsuit (attached below) claims that stress and extra hours from short-staffing led to the March 16, 2013 death of Beth Jasper, 38. She may have fallen asleep before her car veered off the road, jumped an embankment and struck a tree, attorney Eric Deters told WCPO-TV.
The lawsuit alleges that fatigue from being overworked contributed to Jasper’s death.
The complaint alleges that from 2011 to the time of her death, Jasper’s unit at the Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati was “regularly understaffed,” causing some nurses to work through breaks and pick up additional shifts.
Jasper’s lawsuit claims that hospital staffers, including Jasper’s supervisor, were aware of the staffing problems. Her supervisor allegedly expressed concern to superiors that Jasper was being “worked to death,” according to the lawsuit.
The Hospital has yet to respond to the lawsuit.
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