Jon Campisi Aug. 22, 2012, 8:43am

A city woman who claims she became injured after tripping over a floor mat in a hospital room while she was visiting a patient on the premises has filed a slip-and-fall complaint against the healthcare agency in state court.

Betty Jefferson claims in her civil action that she sustained a variety of injuries after she fell on an improperly installed plastic mat on the floor of a patient’s room at Chestnut Hill Hospital back on Aug. 29, 2010.

The lawsuit, which was filed late last week at Philadelphia’s Common Pleas Court by Blue Bell, Pa. attorney Keith J. Cohen, claims that the defendants were negligent, careless and reckless when they allowed a dangerous condition to exist on the premises.

The suit accuses the hospital of failing to properly maintain the property where the plaintiff was a visitor, failing to warn people of the dangerous condition that existed in the hospital room, creating and permitting to exist a foreseeable risk of harm to invitees and failing to make the premises reasonably safe.

As a result of her fall, the suit claims, Jefferson sustained lumbar sprain and strain, severe and permanent injuries to her left arm and elbow, injuries to her hip, and injuries to her knee and spine.

Jefferson also experienced severe aches, pains, mental anxiety and anguish, and a severe shock to her nervous system.

Jefferson has had to spend money on medical attention and she has been unable to carry out her usual duties and occupations, the lawsuit claims.

The plaintiff has also allegedly suffered from humiliation, disfigurement and scarring, and she has experienced a loss of life’s pleasures.

Aside from Chestnut Hill Hospital, the other defendants named in the lawsuit are Chestnut Hill Healthcare, Chestnut Hill Health System and CHHS Hospital Company LLC.

Jefferson demands $50,000 in damages, as well as costs, delay damages and litigation costs.

Arbitration has been scheduled for early next year.


The case ID number is 120801859. 

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