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Nurse Falls on Wet Hospital Floor
Our client was a 53 year old female traveling nurse who was injured while leaving work at a local hospital. She slipped and fell on a wet floor very shortly after she exited the nurses’ locker room. This fall occurred at the end of her shift. Our client was domiciled in just outside New Orleans. She was licensed in at least five other states. She worked for a staffing company who sent her to locales for periods of 3 months or more.
At the end of her shift she entered the nurses’ locker room to use the rest room, tidy herself up, and gather her belongings. As she left the nurses’ locker room, her feet went out from under her and she fell onto her back. It was not until she fell that she knew the floor was wet. There were no wet floor signs or cones to warn our client about the wet floor.
Our client was in severe pain. She was approved to receive workers’ compensation benefits from her employer from the time she became totally disabled to perform her nursing duties.
She suffered severe headaches and neck and back pain; impairment of sleep; muscle spasms in both arms; ringing in both ears; dizziness; blurred vision; fatigue; and depression.
Suit was filed in Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas. After lengthy litigation, both sides agreed to submit the case to a mediation where it was successfully resolved. The settlement provides adequate compensation to our client for the injuries she suffered as a result of the negligence of the hospital and their janitorial contractor.