$5,000,000: Doctor Injured When He Slipped And Fell On A Wet Hospital Floor

CASE DESCRIPTION: Doctor slipped and fell upon entering a Hospital entranceway. Plaintiff claims the floor was left wet and no warnings were left ondisplay. The Defense disputed liability and damages.

RESULT: $5,000,000.00 total settlement

On December 13, 1993, Plaintiff slipped while on the premises of Roe Hospital. Plaintiff contended that the floor in question was left in a wet, slick and slippery condition following cleaning. Furthermore, no warning signs had been placed in regard to this condition in the entranceway from which Plaintiff approached. As a result of this fall the Plaintiff, a successful physician, injured his knee and back. He eventually had surgery to both areas. Plaintiff has since had to scale back his practice due to the residual effects of his injuries.

The Defense argued that the slip was the result of Plaintiff’s own negligence and all appropriate signs were posted. Plaintiff”s physical limitations were mainly due to pre-existing major back injury suffered in early 1980s, which included several broken lower back vertebrae.

TYPE OF CASE: Slip and Fall

INJURIES: Injury to Doctors knee and back. Both injuries required surgery.

DATE & LOCATION OF INCIDENT: On 12/13/93 on the premises of Roe Hospital

PLAINTIFF’S AGE: 38 at time of incident


Darren O. Aitken & Wylie A. Aitken
For Plaintiffs – Dr. Doe & Spouse

Larry Pleiss
For Defendant – Roe Hospital