HUNTINGTON -- A woman is suing St. Mary's Medical Center and an unknown employee after she was injured at the hospital.

On March 12, 2008, Teresa Toppings parked at the Big Bear parking lot to ride the hospitality shuttle to the front entrance of St. Mary's Medical Center, according to a complaint filed Feb. 16 in Cabell Circuit Court.

Toppings claims after she exited the shuttle and began walking to the entrance of the hospital, an unknown hospital resident pushed her right shoulder from behind, causing her left knee to hyperflex and fall to the ground.

The unknown hospital resident did not stop to assist Toppings, but instead hurried inside the hospital, according to the suit.

Toppings claims an elderly lady assisted her off the ground and into the hospital waiting area, then reported the incident to a hospital security guard. Toppings claims the security guard escorted her to the emergency room, where she was treated for left hand and knee pain.

The x-rays were negative for fractures and the physician in the emergency room wrapped Toppings' knee with an ace bandage and gave her a prescription for Lortab, according to the suit.

Toppings saw her family physician when the problems persisted, was referred to Teays Valley Orthopedics and Barboursville Physical Therapy, and also saw a neurologist, according to the suit.

Toppings claims she incurred medical expenses of more than $9,649, sustained pain and suffering and suffered physical impairment.

Toppings is seeking compensatory damages. She is being represented by Timothy P. Rosinsky.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge F. Jane Hustead.

Cabell Circuit Court case number: 10-C-137

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