Nurse Awarded $500,000 for Injuries Sustained in Slip and Fall Accident

A female nurse who was injured while working for the Rhode Island Veterans Home was awarded a $500,000 verdict against the state of Rhode Island last week.

Victoria Roach was seriously injured when she slipped and fell on soapy water or cleaning fluid that had not been cleaned up on her patient’s bathroom floor. At the time of her fall she was disposing of a small amount of liquid used in administering medication to the totally disabled patient.

According to court documents, Roach’s lawyers presented evidence that the spilled liquid on the bathroom floor was not properly cleaned up by one of the certified nursing assistants who had visited the patient prior to Roach. It was his or her responsibility to do so, and their negligence led to Roach’s fall and subsequent injury. Roach suffered from a torn anterior cruciate ligament (a knee ligament) as well as a torn meniscus (cartilage), which resulted in her having to undergo reparative knee surgery. Roach was unable to return to work for an extended period of time resulting in lost wages.


Slip, trip, and fall accidents can happen anywhere and often result in painful or debilitating injuries, including serious bruising, broken bones, hip displacement, back and spinal cord injuries, and head and brain injuries. Most commonly, slip and fall accidents are the result of another’s negligence; improper maintenance, uneven and damaged flooring or stair railing, a missing step, inadequate lighting, as well as liquid or debris on a floor.

When a person is injured in a slip and fall accident, immediate worries of victims turn to who is responsible for paying for medical attention, long-term disability care, and even lost wages if the injury prevents the victim from returning back to work.

Slip and fall cases fall under the area of premises liability; which means that the owner or manager of the premises is ultimately responsible for ensuring that there are no unsafe conditions on the property that pose a threat of injury to a resident, visitor, worker, or patron.

If you or a loved on was recently injured in a slip and fall accident, call one of the seasoned Premises Liability Attorneys at the law offices of Altman & Altman to discuss whether you may qualify for filing for damages against the property owner. Upon initial review of your case we will be able to determine whether your injury was the result of negligent property management. Our team of lawyers will work with accident reconstruction experts who can prove that your injuries were caused by the inadequate conditions on another party’s premise.

It is of the utmost importance that you contact an attorney immediately so that we are able to examine the accident site and collect any key evidence to begin establishing negligence. Though slip and fall accidents may not sound as serious as other kinds of personal injury accidents, the pain, the medical expenses, and recovery time can take a huge emotional and financial toll on the victim. With nearly 50 years of experience handling all types of personal injury, you can rest assured that our attorneys have the knowledge to examine every avenue possible so that you get the greatest financial compensation for your injury. Call our office today to set up an initial consultation with one of our attorneys today. All initial consultations are completely free of charge, and our attorneys are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help assist you with any questions you may have about your case.

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