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OSU Wexner Medical Center Settles Patient Parking Lot Trip Injury for $185,000

James Webb v. The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Case No. 2014-0034

A Blacklick man who suffered a broken thigh and a serious head wound when he tripped at the patient pick-up area outside The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s University Hospital has settled for $185,000.

The Ohio Court of Claims on Aug. 21 approvedĀ  the settlement between James Webb and OSU Wexner Medical Center. According to his complaint, Webb received treatment at the main campus hospital in August 2013. While waiting to be picked up after his visit, he stood by a bench near the valet stand. The bench was located behind a step that was not clearly marked.

When the car arrived to pick up Webb, he didn’t see the step and fell suffering a fractured femur, a cut on his head, and a subdural hematoma, which is a swelling under the skin, that required medical treatment. Webb filed a lawsuit against the hospital in May 2014 in the Court of Claims, and Judge Patrick M. McGrath approved the settlement.

In exchange for the money, Webb agreed to not file any future claims with the hospital. The Wexner Medical Center doesn’t admit liability in the settlement.

The Court of Claims is given original jurisdiction to hear and determine all civil actions filed against the State of Ohio and its agencies.

To access information on other cases visit the Court of Claims website.

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