Woman Broke Ankle on Kaiser’s Waxed Floor, She Says
7-16-2014 01:05:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) - Staff at a Kaiser hospital did not wipe off excess wax after buffing the floor, causing a woman to slip and sustain serious injuries, she claims in Sacramento County Superior Court.

Diana Settje was visiting a friend at Kaiser’s facility in Sacramento in May 2014. She attempted to push a button for the elevator, but instead slipped backward and fell onto the floor, sustaining a broken ankle and a pinched spine. The injuries required surgery and physical therapy to correct, according to the complaint.
Settje says Kaiser staff should have been aware of the dangerous condition, but did not take the time to inspect the area.
“The excess wax on the floor presented an abnormally dangerous condition as it involved a substantial risk of dangerous harm to the hospital’s invitees no matter now much care was exercised,” the complaint states.
Settje is suing Kaiser Foundation Hospitals for negligence and premises liability. She seeks medical expenses, general and compensatory damages, and loss of earning capacity.
The plaintiff is represented by Chinonye Ugorji, of Sacramento.