Laurie Tewinkle, Attorney at law.

Address: 821 state street. Erie, Pennsylvania 16501. Phone: (814) 454-1100

WSH named in lawsuit

The family of a woman who died as a result of injuries sustained on the grounds of Warren State Hospital has filed a lawsuit.

The suit was filed at the Warren County prothonotary's office on Jan. 26 on behalf of the estate of Virginia Guiffre, who died Sept. 14, 2010.

The suit alleges negligence on the part of the hospital resulting in Guiffre's wrongful death.

According to the complaint, Guiffre, who was a Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) volunteer, was passing through a doorway on her way out of Building 30 on Sept. 10 when the self-closing door struck her and sent her head-first down a set of concrete steps.

The state hospital had received and "ignored multiple complaints regarding this door not being safe," prior to Guiffre's fall, according to the complaint.

The hospital was negligent, according to the complaint, in that "it failed to correct the deficiencies of this self-closing door and allowed the deficiencies to continue... and did not warn invitees using the door."

That negligence resulted in the fall, which in turn led to "severe physical injuries, pain, suffering, mental anguish, humiliation, loss of life, and medical expenses," according to attorney Laurie TeWinkle, of Erie, who is representing the Guiffre family.

The complaint demands a jury trial and states "the estate is entitled by law to recover damages for Mrs. Guiffre's wrongful death. The suit seeks compensation for incurred medical costs; funeral and estate expenses; future financial support and household services that Guiffre would have provided; and "other sums."

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