Posted On: February 6, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

Woman Files Illinois Slip and Fall Lawsuit Against Hospital

An Illinois woman is suing Memorial Hospital for injuries she sustained during a slip and fall accident. Sonja Harris says she hurt herself when she slid on melted snow in the entryway of the hospital and fell.

The alleged Illinois slip and fall accident occurred on February 14, 2007 as the plaintiff entered the door located between medical office center number 1 and the emergency room. As a result of the fall accident, Harris says she sustained serious internal and external injuries, felt sore, became lame, disabled, disorderly, and experienced extreme physical and mental pain. Her premises liability lawsuit also claims that she lost wages because she took time off from work and incurred medical bills because of her injuries.

Harris is accusing Memorial hospital of negligence because it allegedly failed to make sure that floor at its entryway was in a safe condition, did not clear the water from the floor, neglected to warn her about the melted snow, and failed to make sure that there was a runner or non-slip surface on the ground. The St. Clair County woman is seeking over $50,000 plus costs.

Slip and Fall Accidents
While a slip and fall incident may seem like a minor kind of accident, the injuries a person can suffer when slipping and falling can be very painful, debilitating, and disabling. Slip and fall injuries have been known to result in broken bones, hip injuries, back injuries, bruises, spinal cord injuries, and even head injuries. The elderly are especially at risk of sustaining a serious injury during a slip and fall accident.

Common Kinds of Slip and Fall Accidents:
• Trip and Fall
• Step and Fall
• Slip and Fall
• Stump and Fall

Premise owners are responsible for making sure that there are no conditions on a premise that can result in a slip and fall accident. A slip and fall accident victim may have grounds to hold a negligent or careless property owner or manager liable in civil court for Illinois premises liability.

Hospital Sued Over Woman's Fall on Melted Snow, The Madison/St Clair Record, February 3, 2009

Related Web Resources:
Preventing Injuries from Slips, Trips and Falls, NASD

Proving Fault in Slip and Fall Accidents, Nolo

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