$135,000 Compensation Settlement for Slip & Fall at Hospital

PUBLISHED 31 Jul 2014

Our 37-year old client slipped on water in the disabled bathroom of her local hospital when she was assisting her wheelchair-bound child and sustained injury to her left knee.

Medical issues

Our client dislocated her left knee but was left with ongoing pain and stiffness in her left knee as a result of the injury.

Our client also suffered from a pre-existing condition which affected the muscles in her legs and this meant she was more prone to injury and ongoing pain.

Our client did not require any surgery to her left knee but was left with a permanent impairment.

As a result of her injuries, our client was unable to look after her disabled child and had to rely on family members to assist her as well as assisting her with her normal domestic duties.

Economic Loss issues

Our client was off work for a short period of time and her employer was able to assist her by modifying her employment so she did not need to stand or use stairs as she was unable to do so because of the pain in her left knee.

Court proceedings

We commenced Court proceedings against the hospital and alleged the hospital was negligent for failing to ensure there was an adequate cleaning system in place, for failing to clean the spillage and failing to warn of the spillage.

The Defendant denied negligence and claimed our client failed to keep a proper lookout and exposed herself to a risk of injury.

Settlement

We held an Informal Settlement Conference with the hospital and the claim ultimately resolved for $135,000.

Our client was extremely pleased with the result and pleased to resolve the matter.

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