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KFC worker sues, alleges puddle of water led to broken ankle

We have talked about several slip-and-fall cases on our blog. Recent cases have involved an incident in someone's home that led to injuries and a customer slipping on spilled liquid at a retailer. Today, however, we are going to look at a new angle of slip and falls: being injured at work.

Nearly two years ago, a manger of a KFC location in Montgomery County was injured on the job. That day, food vendors were delivering frozen items to the location. It's unclear if they tracked in water of if some of the frozen items melted causing a puddle of water to form in the restaurant, but the manager slipped in the puddle and broke her ankle. Now, she is suing the food vendors, arguing that their negligence directly caused her injuries.

The manager is seeking compensation for her fractured ankle -- which required surgery -- along with cuts, bruises and nerve damage sustained in the incident. Additionally, she is seeking compensation for the emotional repercussions of the fall. As of right now, it appears that the case will be moved from state court to federal court because the parties to the lawsuit are from different jurisdictions.

Unfortunately, our workplaces are not always as safe as we would hope. However, this case shows that when a slip and fall at work is caused by an employer or another entity, it is possible to hold them accountable. Being injured in a slip-and-fall accident is not only a traumatic experience, but it can lead to expensive medical bills that a victim should not have to pay.

Source: The Pennsylvania Record, "Defense lawyers petition to remove KFC injury case to federal court," Jon Campisi, April 18, 2013

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