Flight down stairs lands hospital in personal injury suit

Steve Gonzalez Mar. 19, 2008, 6:00am

A woman who tripped down a flight of stairs at Gateway Regional Medical Center filed a personal injury suit against the Granite City hospital alleging the hospital breached its duty to exercise ordinary care.

Theresa Hines claims she was leaving work at Southern Illinois Healthcare located within Gateway on May 30, 2007, when she slipped on a foreign substance and fell down a flight of stairs.

According to the complaint filed March 13, in Madison County Circuit Court, Gateway was negligent by:

  • Allowing a foreign substance to accumulate on the floor;

  • Failing to inspect the floor to prevent an accumulation of a foreign substance;

  • Failing to provide rubber, non-slip mats on the floor; and

  • Failing to post warning signs to inform people of the foreign substance on the floor.

    Hines claims the fall caused extensive injuries to her back, knee, shoulder and heel which caused and will continue to cause her to experience pain and suffering, to become liable for medical expenses and lose wages.

    Represented by Rodney Caffey of the Lakin Law Firm in Wood River, Hines is seeking damages in excess of $200,000, plus costs.

    The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge David Hylla.

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