An incident dating back to November 2010, when Dr. Vikramaditya Reddy slipped and fell on a waxed floor at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring. According to Reddy’s attorneys, there were no signs visible that warned him of a slippery, just-waxed floor. Reddy brought suit against Crothall Healthcare, Inc., the company responsible for training and supervising hospital employees in proper maintenance of the facility. The largest part of the damage award is for future lost wages because as a result of the injuries sustained in the fall, Dr. Reddy can no longer perform the types of surgeries as part of his medical practice. The award was calculated as follows: $3.7 million for future lost wages, $561,000 for past lost wages, $39,000 for past medical expenses, and $33,000 for noneconomic damages.
The jury found that Crothall Healthcare failed in warning about the hazard of freshly waxed floors and the risk of injury associated with it. Crothall Healthcare continued to deny any responsibility for causing the accident, but the jury found that because they were responsible for training hospital employees in proper facility maintenance they should be the ones held liable for the lack of warning signs for waxed floors.
Property owners have a responsibility to maintain safe premises for others who are on their property and a duty to warn visitors of potentially hazardous conditions. When they fail to keep their property safe and fail to warn of unsafe conditions, such as a waxed floor, they can be held accountable for injuries that result. In this case and in most cases just like it, the victim is often awarded significant damages as compensation for injuries.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a slip and fall or has died as a result of their injury suffered in a Maryland accident, and would like more information, please call us at (301) 854-9000 to schedule an appointment for a free case evaluation at our Silver Spring office or one of our many other offices located throughout Maryland, or visit us online at: http://www.portnerandshure.com/Personal-Injury/Premises-Liability.shtml