Schemery Zicolello

Slip-and-fall accident in Somerset has tragic consequences

Hospitals are supposed to be safe places of healing for those who need medical services. However, without proper attention by hospital employees, serious injuries can easily occur, sometimes with unforeseen and dire consequences.

For one former resident of Somerset County, Pennsylvania, this unfortunate situation has become a reality. A wet floor at Somerset Hospital is being blamed for a slip-and-fall accident he suffered in early 2010. His fall is an example of what can happen if a hospital is not properly cleaned and maintained.

This man was knocked unconscious during the fall and awoke to find himself covered in a pool of blood. After the fall, he was hospitalized for two days. As a result of his injuries, this man experienced a significant loss in his range of motion which caused him to drop his wife as he cared for her.

The man's wife was seriously injured in this fall. Because of her fall, she was hospitalized on five different occasions, and ultimately passed away in August 2010.

On top of losing his wife, this man's injuries were so severe that he was forced to leave his job as an engineer, lost his driver's license, and can no longer enjoy many of the physical activities he once did. This man has on-going medical bills from this slip-and-fall accident, and continues to need care.

Recently, this man brought a legal action in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania to recover from his injuries and from the loss of his wife of 50 years. This case is just one example of why it is important for hospitals to maintain safe facilities.

Source: Daily American, "Somerset Hospital sued in a slip-and-fall case," Judy D.J. Ellich, Mar. 5, 2012

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