Hospital worker blames slip-and-fall incident on lack of special shoes

Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau May 11, 2011, 10:46am

A hospital worker has filed a lawsuit against several companies which claims that she was injured when the companies failed to provide her with special shoes to wear while she was stripping wax off of the hospital floor.

Sandra Lacap filed suit against Medi-Dyn Inc., Crothall Services Group Inc. and Crothall Healthcare Inc. in Orange County District Court. The defendants removed the case to the Eastern District of Texas, Beaumont Division on April 26.

Lacap states she was stripping wax off the floor at Memorial Hermann Baptist Hospital on March 4, 2009 when she slipped and fell. According to the allegations, the defendants were supposed to provide special shoes to be worn while using the stripping machine but despite numerous requests, they failed to do so.

The defendants are accused of negligence for failing to protect and safeguard Lacap from reasonably dangerous conditions with their equipment or to warn of their existence. Lacap argues that the defendants should have known that the failure to provide the proper attire to operate their equipment created an unreasonable risk of harm.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of earning capacity, physical impairment, medical expenses, interest and court costs.

Lacap is represented by Tom Oxford of Waldman Smallwood in Beaumont.

U.S. District Judge Marcia A. Crone is assigned to the case.

Case No. 1:11-cv-00193

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