A woman from Madison County, Illinois who sustained injuries due to a transportation company’s negligence has resolved her claim. She previously filed a personal injury lawsuit against Helping Hands Medical Service Car, Inc. alleging negligent transportation.
In February of 2008, the wheelchair-bound plaintiff used the services of Helping Hands for transportation purposes. She just had a knee replacement surgery, and was in a full leg cast. She hired Helping Hands to transport her to a follow up doctor’s visit.
Despite locking her wheelchair down, Helping Hands failed to secure her with a seatbelt. Seatbelts are required by Helping Hand’s written policies, but the driver failed to bring a seatbelt. The Plaintiff was assured that she would be okay, but at the very first stop light, the driver had to stop abruptly, causing the plaintiff to spill forward out of the wheelchair.
As a result, the accident did permanent damage to the plaintiff’s body, including a fracture of her femur bone. The accident caused the plaintiff pain and suffering and a great deal of medical expenses, for which she sought damages against Helping Hands.
According to the Illinois General Assembly, car services that transport disabled passengers are government-subsidized services. Such companies should be held to a higher standard as they use tax dollars and should provide quality, safe services to the people of Illinois. In fact, transportation services in Illinois are common carriers, and are held to the highest standard of care.
The attorneys of WWF&G are knowledgeable in prosecuting lawsuits against negligent entities responsible for these types of incidents.
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