Jon Campisi Aug. 16, 2012, 6:45pm

A South Jersey man is suing a Philadelphia eye hospital, claiming he sustained injuries after the seat in which he was placed during an examination malfunctioned.

Philadelphia attorney Andrew H. Gaber, of The Gaber Law Offices, filed the civil action Aug. 14 at Philadelphia’s Common Pleas Court on behalf of Charles M. Headen, of Runnemede, N.J.

The defendants named in the complaint are Philadelphia-based Wills Eye Health System, Wills Eye Institute, Wills Eye Hospital and the trust for the late James Wills, Jr.

Headen, according to the complaint, was being treated by an eye physician at the Wills Eye Institute back on July 15 of last year when he became injured after the neck support in the chair in which he was placed by the doctor dropped off.

Headen suffered unspecified neck, back and head injuries because of the incident, the suit states.

The injuries caused the plaintiff to suffer “great pain and agony,” and have prevented him from attending to his daily activities and work.

Headen has also incurred medical bills as a result of his injuries.

The lawsuit accuses the defendants of negligence for permitting a dangerous chair to exist on the premises, failing to inspect and maintain the premises, failing to issue adequate warnings to patients and failing to warn of the risks of the chair.

Headen seeks $50,000 in compensatory damages, as well as costs and delay damages.

Arbitration in the matter has been scheduled for late April of next year.


The case ID number is 120801220. 

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