Suit claims woman improperly placed in wheelchair

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Aug. 25, 2010, 9:00am

GALVESTON - A Galveston County woman seeks $200,000 in damages from a local healthcare facility, alleging one of its employees improperly placed her mother in a wheelchair.

Teresa Niles Daniels's suit against Gulf Healthcare Center alleges that on June 8, 2008, the unnamed worker assisted her mother, Mary Lou Niles, onto the wheelchair but failed to place her legs in the footboards.

The employee began to push Niles, a co-plaintiff in the case, in a negligent manner which caused her feet to drag on the floor and become entangled with the wheelchair, according to the original petition.

"The plaintiff Mary (Lou) Niles was thrown from the wheelchair and injured her hip and body in general," the suit, filed Aug. 16 in Galveston County District Court, says.

The plaintiffs ultimately argue that the defendant failed to monitor Niles as required under the circumstances.

Niles consequently experienced pain and suffering, impairment, and mental anguish because of the alleged incident, the suit says.

In addition to the specified monetary damages, a jury trial is requested.

Daniels is representing herself and her mother.

Galveston County 56th District Court Judge Lonnie Cox is presiding over the case.

Case No. 10-cv-2291

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