Franciscan St. James Health hit with suit over visitor's trip on sprinkler

By Annie Cosby | Aug 26, 2014


A woman is suing over claims she was injured when she tripped on a sprinkler near a sidewalk outside a hospital in Olympia Fields.

Lisa Ruffin filed a premises liability lawsuit Aug. 13 in the Cook County Circuit Court against Franciscan Alliance Inc., doing business as Franciscan St. James Health-Olympia Fields.

According to the complaint, Ruffin was walking on a sidewalk at St. James Hospital, where her mother was a patient, on Aug. 13, 2012, when she tripped on a sprinkler and sustained injuries.

The defendant is accused of negligence in failing to maintain the sidewalk or warn visitors of the danger posed by the sprinkler.

Ruffin is seeking more than $50,000 in damages and is being represented in the case by attorneys Ashley Swartz, Theodore Woerthwein and Matthew Shroeder of Woerthwein & Miller in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court Case No. 2014L008494.

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed in the Cook County Circuit Court. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note, a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it only represents one side of the story.

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