A New Jersey woman has filed a personal injury lawsuit against the company that owns the mobile medical trailer that allegedly caused her to fall and suffer injuries to her back and left shoulder in March 2014. The woman is seeking more than $150,000 in both punitive and compensatory damages from Medicoach Transportation. In addition, her husband is seeking damages for loss of consortium.
According to the details of the lawsuit, the plaintiff was attempting to leave the trailer, which was parked at Delaware County Memorial Hospital in Drexel Hill. The door appeared to be jammed, and after several attempts to push the door open, it did so quickly, causing the woman to slip and fall from the steps to the ground. Injuries to her back and shoulder have caused ongoing pain and have limited her ability to perform normal duties.
The lawsuit claims the employees of Medicoach Transportation neglected to regularly inspect the trailer for defects that could result in accidents and injuries such as door jams and slippery steps. The company is based in Massachusetts.
It is the owner's responsibility to make sure the property they contract out to others is regularly and properly inspected for defects that could cause accidents. If an owner does not properly maintain the property, an injured person may file a premises liability lawsuit to recover damages. A legal professional may be able to review a person's case to determine what the appropriate amount of compensation that could be pursued is.
Source: The Pennsylvania Record, "Hospital worker sues after alleged fall from mobile medical trailer," Jim Boyle, Jan. 7, 2015