Hospital custodian claims soap dispenser injuries

Kelly Holleran Jun. 2, 2011, 2:34am

A custodian has filed suit against the manufacturer of a soap dispenser unit after he claims the unit fell from the wall, causing him neck, shoulder and low back injuries.

Dennis Meyer claims he was emptying a mop bucket in the custodial section of Memorial Hospital when the soap dispenser dislodged from the wall, striking Meyer and falling to the floor.

In addition to his injuries, Meyer was made sick, sore, lame, disordered and disabled and incurred medical costs, according to the complaint filed in St. Clair County Circuit Court. In addition, he suffered disability, experienced pain and suffering and lost money, the suit states.

The Butcher Company, which sold the soap dispensers to Memorial Hospital, negligently failed to properly install the soap dispenser, failed to properly design the soap dispensers to prevent the unit from detaching from the wall and sold a defective soap dispenser, the complaint says. In addition, Meyer blames Butcher for failing to provide adequate warnings.

Meyer also names Industrial Soap Company as a defendant, saying it negligently allowed the soap dispensers to remain on its premises, the suit states.

In his 10-count complaint, Meyer is seeking a judgment of more than $450,000, plus costs.

Thomas C. Rich will be representing Meyer.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 11-L-230.

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