February 21, 2012 was supposed to be just like any other normal day for 81-year-old Labeebah Alim, who was confined to a wheelchair and regularly relied on a medical transport shuttle to bring take her to her scheduled medical appointments. But one glaring mistake made by the employee responsible for transporting Alim that day left her with debilitating injuries, including a traumatic brain injury.
Because Alim was confined to a wheelchair, she relied on transportation services from Northwest Transport to take her to regularly-scheduled medical appointments every week. Alim, like many other seniors with medical problems throughout the area, trusted the people at Northwest Transport to get her to and from her appointments safely.
That day, Alim was loaded into a Northwest Transport vehicle and taken to Valley Medical Center in Renton. When they arrived at the facility, the Northwest Transport employee began the process of unloading Alim from the vehicle.
The employee forgot to activate the mechanical lift designed to lower wheelchair-bound occupants to the ground. As he pushed Alim out of the back of the vehicle, she fell straight down onto the ground and her head struck the pavement. The employee fell on top of her.
Medical Transport Company Admits Liability
Alim’s family hired the Seattle wrongful death attorneys at Davis Law Group, P.S. to pursue a third-party negligence claim against Northwest Transport and the employee responsible for her injuries.
After the lawsuit was filed, it was discovered that the driver was inexperienced and that he had not undergone an adequate level of training for the duties he was assigned. As a result, Alim suffered a brain injury that required an extensive surgical procedure to prevent further damage and afterwards required the assistance of a feeding tube.
Northwest Transport admitted that they had failed to uphold their duty to safely transport Alim to her destination, and agreed to settle the case. The attorneys at Davis Law Group were able to successfully recover a $1 million settlement on behalf of Alim and her family.