Employee Broke Woman’s Legs Moving Her to a Toilet, She Claims
9-19-2015 00:14:00

WASHINGTON (CN) - A Kaiser employee broke a woman’s legs while moving her from a wheelchair to a toilet, she claims in District of Columbia Superior Court.

     Josephine Morina sued Kaiser Permanente, aka Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., aka Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc., aka Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, for negligence and vicarious liability.
     In her lawsuit, Morina says she went to Kaiser’s Capitol Hill facility on Feb. 1, 2012, for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.
     “After her appointment ended, she waited in the lobby for her transportation to arrive. While she was waiting, she had an accident and went to the bathroom on herself. She went up to the urgent care help counter and asked a man for assistance,” Morina’s complaint states.
     “The man at the help counter escorted plaintiff to the bathroom and attempted to transfer her from her wheelchair to the commode. As the man attempted to transfer plaintiff to the commode he twisted her in a violent manner and caused multiple fractures to her lower extremities,” it continues.
     “The man then called for help, placed her back in her chair and took her upstairs for x-rays that revealed multiple fractures to her lower extremities, upper extremity, and resulting injuries,” it continues.
     Josephine Morina seeks compensatory damages of $1 million, plus costs of suit, interest, attorney fees and a jury trial. She is represented by Kevin Finnegan of Goldberg, Finnegan & Mester in Silver Spring, Md.