State rules Dothan hospital cannot be sued by elderly woman who fell

DOTHAN, Ala (WDHN) — The Alabama Supreme Court sided with a Dothan hospital, agreeing the state’s COVID laws protect them from a lawsuit filed by a woman who fell and hurt herself after getting her foot caught on a ramp.

In May 2022, Voncille Askew filed a lawsuit against Flowers Hospital and its parent company, Triad of Alabama.

In September 2021, Askew underwent a two-hour antibody infusion therapy at Flowers Hospital after being diagnosed with COVID-19.

Askew claims that after leaving the infusion area through the designated entry and exit, her foot caught the edge of a concrete ramp, and she fell, sustaining “serious injuries.”

Askew and her husband, Don Askew, filed the lawsuit together.

Triad and Flowers argued that since Askew was there for treatment relating to COVID-19, the hospital was not liable for her accident under the ACIA. An argument that the Alabama Supreme Court agreed with.

The state’s highest court ruled that the hospital or its parent company cannot be held liable for the injuries Askew sustained during her hospital visit on that September day.

The Alabama Supreme Court brought down the ruling on Friday, January 26.

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