Hello and thank you for entrusting me to assist you. I am so sorry to hear about your wife's health problems.
To establish a claim for medical malpractice, your wife would have to establish that the failure to respond to her within 8-10 minutes was negligent, and that her injury was a foreseeable result of that negligence. It will be very difficult to prove these things, since a 10 minute response time is not completely out of the norm for a hospital. Furthermore, it will be hard to argue that the injury was foreseeable since she was specifically told not to leave her bed without assistance. Finally, there is a comparative negligence issue here (meaning it could be alleged that your wife is responsible for her injuries) because she did not follow instructions with respect to leaving her bed only with assistance.
This is a very tragic thing to have happened to your wife, and I am not telling you that no claim for malpractice exists. But facts like these will present a serious uphill battle, that is the simple reality of the situation. Still, given the very serious injuries your wife suffered in her fall, it would absolutely be prudent to consult in more detail with a local attorney. Perhaps it will not be possible to get a full value settlement, but some sort of settlement based on partial liability is not completely out of the question.
I hope that you find this information helpful. Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or concerns regarding the above and I will be more than happy to assist you further.
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