Transportation Safety

Transportation Safety

Transportation Safety

Author – Cyndi Siders, RN, MSN, CPHRM, DFASHRM, CPPS, Executive Consultant

“Contracted Transportation”

Mr. George Adams has lived in his senior living community for the past two years. George has multiple sclerosis and spends a good portion of each day in his wheelchair.

George is an enthusiastic participant in social events and facility sponsored activities. One of his favorite activities is attending worship services on Sunday mornings. George has attended the same church for the past 40 years.

The senior living facility has contracted with a third-party transportation service to provide resident transportation to local events and activities. On Sunday, January 10th, 2016, a new driver is providing the transportation services and has trouble properly securing George’s chair. After several attempts, he assures George that his chair is properly secured.

The road is slippery with freshly fallen snow. The driver is not able to maintain control while attempting to stop and slides through an intersection. In an effort to avoid a collision the driver makes a sharp turn and aggressively applies the brakes. George’s chair tips over and he sustains significant injuries to his leg, arm and shoulder.

George’s injuries require several weeks of medical care and his overall health and mobility deteriorates with his injuries. George’s family hires an attorney alleging negligent transportation resulting in significant injury, pain, and suffering.

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