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Man wins premises liability suit over Pennsylvania hospital

A former patient at a Pennsylvania hospital has won in the verdict of a premises liability case. The man fell and sustained several injuries while on the property of the hospital. The compensation amount the jury awarded the patient in this premises liability case was just over $350,000.

A report did not state why the man had been admitted to the hospital but while he was a patient, he fell on some concrete that was in disrepair. The fall was the cause of injuries to his ankle and neck. His most serious injury, which was a herniated disc in his neck, could possibly lead to paralysis from the way it was obstructing the spinal cord. He has not yet undergone the disc reparation surgery.

The defendants had argued that they did not know the concrete area where the plaintiff fell was damaged and therefore were not responsible for covering the injuries. They also argued that he only sustained a sprained ankle and his herniated disc problems were the result of a pre-existing condition. The pre-existing condition, however, was located in the lumbar region of his back and not near his neck.

Because of the testimony from the injured plaintiff and a medical expert, the jury returned their verdict in only four days. It is hopeful this man will now be able to receive the surgery he so badly needs. Pennsylvania residents who have suffered this or another type of medical injury due to premises liability may benefit from exploring their options for restitution in a similar type of civil lawsuit.

Source: The Pennsylvania Record, Phila. jury awards plaintiff $350K in premises liability case against Temple Hospital, Jon Campisi, Oct. 22, 2013

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