Woman Hurt By Elevator Door, She Claims
8-14-2015 01:14:00

PORTLAND, Ore. (CN) - A woman was hurt when an elevator door closed on her, she claims in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

     Yvonne Norman sued Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Northwest Permanente, PC, an Oregon professional corporation and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest, dba Kaiser Permanente, an Oregon corporation, for negligence.
     “On July 25, 2014 plaintiff was a visitor and patient at Kaiser Permanente Westside Medical Center (‘Kaiser Westside’), operated by defendant. As plaintiff entered an elevator, the door to the elevator abruptly closed onto plaintiff’s right side, causing plaintiff to suffer head, shoulder and neck injuries and cognitive impairment,” Norman’s complaint states.
     “Prior to this incident, defendant was aware that the elevator which injured plaintiff had a history of closing abruptly, even on elevator passengers while they were standing in the doorway,” it continues.
     “As a result of the unreasonable conduct of the defendant as alleged, plaintiff sustained a closed head injury as well as a contusion to the right side of plaintiff’s face and head, right shoulder, and right arm. Plaintiff sustained a cervical sprain/strain injury with resultant cervical radiculopathy into the left arm and shoulder. Plaintiff’s closed head injury has impaired her cognition and caused dizziness, photophobia, hyperacusis, memory loss, fatigue, nausea, headaches, sleeplessness and an exacerbation of preexisting tinnitus. Plaintiff has also suffered an exacerbation of her preexisting left sided facial neuralgia,” it states.
     Yvonne Norman seeks non-economic and punitive damages, medical expenses and costs. She is represented by David S. Foster of Sokol & Foster in Portland.