According to a recent report, a man who suffered a serious injury in April of 2011 while he was walking and fell on the premises of Temple University Hospital was awarded nearly $350,000 by a Philadelphia jury in his premises liability lawsuit against the hospital. The man, who was a former patient at the hospital, filed his lawsuit in May of 2012 claiming that he ended up with ankle problems and suffered a serious disc injury when he fell on some damaged concrete as he was walking on the grounds of Temple University Hospital. As a result of the fall, the man sustained a herniated cervical disc which was impinging on his spinal cord. According to a physician with a specialization in spine surgery, if untreated, the man’s injuries could lead to paralysis.
The jury apparently did not believe that Temple University Hospital did not have any knowledge of the hazardous and defective concrete walkway. Furthermore, even though the Hospital argued that the damage the man suffered was only incidental to his pre-existing spinal condition, the jury apparently did not believe those arguments either. As a result of the fall, the man will require surgical intervention to repair the damage caused to his spine.
As any Philadelphia premises liability lawyer would probably be able to tell our readers, property owners generally have a duty to exercise reasonable care and to provide visitors and patrons a safe premise. Property owners have an on-going duty to inspect their property and identify and rectify any potentially dangerous conditions. If a problem cannot be immediately fixed, then they must post warnings signs to inform people of the potential hazard. If a property owner fails to address a safety concern and someone gets hurt, then they may be held liable.
Source: The Pennsylvania Record, “Phila. jury awards plaintiff $350K in premises liability case against Temple Hospital,” Jon Campisi, Oct. 22, 2013