Patient who used table to steady herself in hospital cafeteria sues over fall

Kyle Barnett Dec. 14, 2012, 1:00am

NEW ORLEANS – A Mississippi woman is suing a New Orleans hospital and cafeteria contractor for injuries she claims to have received in a fall in a dining room while a patient.

Ila R. Holland, wife of and William C. Holland, filed suit against the Administrators of the Tulane Education Fund Corporation, Tulane University, Hospital Corporation of America, Tulane University Hospital amd Clinic, Aramark Healthcare Support Services, LLC and their insurer in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court on Sept. 27.

Holland claims she was dining with family in the cafeteria at Tulane Hospital managed by Aramark at 1415 Tulane Ave. in New Orleans when she was an in-patient in the hospital. The plaintiff alleges that as she went to sit she placed her hand on a table for support and it wobbled and then fell on top of her after she fell to the floor. Holland asserts she was taken to the emergency room in a wheelchair from the scene of the incident.

The defendant is accused of failing to adequately and properly train staff, failing to properly maintain and repair cafeteria dining tables, failing to warn customers about the hazardous and dangerous conditions, having custodianship of a dangerous thing and allowing multiple discovered perils to remain in use.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for mental anguish, shock and fright, severe and permanent partially-disabling injuries, necessitation of emergency medical care and treatment, medical expenses and loss of life's expectations and pleasures.

Holland is represented by Robert Matlock Hearin, Jr. of the New Orleans-based Herain Law Offices, LLC and P. Michael Breeden of the New Orleans-based Breeden Law Firm, LLC.

The case has been assigned to Division J Judge Paula A. Brown.

Case no. 2012-09196.

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