A man from Boone County, West Virginia has filed suit against Charleston Area Medical Center, alleging that he sustained personal injuries on the premises.
According to the suit he filed in West Virginia’s Kanawha Circuit Court on October 29, Timothy Lee Miller was a patient at the hospital on October 31, 2009. He was taking a shower in the bathroom when cleaning staff entered his room and began cleaning the floor with a chemical cleaner and water.
Miller said that he was unaware of the staff cleaning the floor and slipped and fell upon exiting the bathroom.
The suit claims the cleaning staff did not place any signs in or around the room to indicate that the floor was wet and/or slippery.
Miller said that the fall caused him to land on his right arm, fracturing the distal radius and requiring orthopedic surgery and other treatment.
The suit said the hospital had a duty of reasonable care to keep the premises free from hazards and a duty to warn non-trespassing invitees of hazardous conditions and breached its duties by failing to do so.
Miller seeks compensatory damages and pre- and post-judgment interest.