Debra Collins
posted 5 months ago
Injury in Asaba Nigeria due to Negligent
My name is Debbie Collins, I live in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA October 5, 2021 I fell into a storm drainage system hole at about 5:30 PM in Asaba Nigeria. I was immediately rushed to the local hospital, which was on strike, and I was not able to be treated at that time. Due to the lateness and bad roads and possibility of being stopped I was brought back to the compound and waited to the next morning, and was taken to a hospital inside of Asaba Nigeria. At that time it was found that I had compartment syndrome, broken bones and torn ligaments, and my kneecap was shattered. I had to go emergency surgery due to the compartment syndrome, and they put a plate to stabilize my bones. I caught malaria in the hospital also. I was allowed to leave 15 days later, and I came straight back to the United States by the time I got back to United States, my leg was, so infected that I was told they needed to try and save my life and then my leg I had a 50% chance of losing my life and 90% chance of losing my leg. 15 months later approximately 10 surgeries on February 7, 2023 due to the sever infection of a fungus i caught in that drain and the inability to destroy the fungus. This infection to dirty plates, and the wet dirty uncovered storm drain I fell in Asaba Nigeria. The government started a drainage program a few years back like 2018 and they’re have at least 10 of their citizens die from falling in those holes due to the negligence of all involved in making those drains. Those jokes are not covered and if you don’t know they exist how do you know to watch for them!! the government has stated publicly that they would cover the drain and to date the kne i fell in remains uncovered being a danger to all around. Our car was parked in front of the compoundz. I reached to open the back door on the passengers and as I stepped to get into the car..BAM I went down! I went down in a standing position and hit the cement bottom so hard I fell to the side and immediately felt excruciating pain in my right leg! My knee began to swell and I was screaming in pain. I was taken out of the drain and rushed to the local hospital. On arrival we found it was closed due to a stroke of personnel! I had to go back to the compound and wait till morning due to the danger of being stopped in the way to the other side of town The next morning I was taken to Supreme Grace Medicals in the worst pain ever; so bad I could not even think straight! I could not even tell the doctor my name. The doctor stabilez my leg with a cast and finally the pain subsided just enough to think rationally. I was informed that I had compartment syndrome and without emergency surgery I would die! To make a long story short I came back to the states and and 16 months later my leg was removed due to the inability to get rid of that horrible fungus a!nd Bactria . Is there a law or a way that I can sue? Whoever it is I need to .. contractor, the government of the city? I lost my leg due to their negligence! I’m not sure if I selected the correct type of lawyer on the topic, but if I didn’t, please forward it to the correct one because I believe of the what happened to me the city or the government other who already knew that this was a hazard should help me Many Nigerias have DIED because of their negligence and it was only the Grace of God that saves my life!
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Debra Collins
posted 5 months ago
I have all the evidence as far as Medical records beginning from The hospital in nigerian To now.. at this very moment that drain remains uncovered as are hundreds of thn in asaba. I have looked for a personal injury lawyer here in the US but none of them work internationally. Any suggestions ?
Lawyer
posted 5 months ago
This seems to be a case of negligence amongst other things and there is a possibility of suing the government and the hospital. A consultation session would give better insights as to the details and next steps to be taken.
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Lawyer
posted 5 months ago
Sorry about that Debbie. You are being owed a duty of care which has been breached, based onyour narration, and consequent upon which you have suffered a damage! Hence, an action based on negligence can be initiated. However, it is necessary you book an appointment so that a proper accessment of the facts can be done.
Lawyer
posted 5 months ago
I have answered this question before when you posted it earlier. Unfortunately, you rehashed it without mention of any step taken upon my legal advice. PLEASE BE INFORMED THAT YOUR DELAY IN TAKING STEPS TOWARDS JUSTICE MIGHT AFFECT YOUR CASE ADVERSELY AND EVEN PREVENT YOU FROM GETTING JUSTICE. THIS IS BECAUSE LIMITATION LAWS IN OPERATION IN NIGERIA CAN BAR YOUR CASE WHICH TRANSPIRED SINCE 2021 STATUTORILY IF YOU DELAY FURTHER. I expected that by now, you should have ascertained the exact government authority/department that awarded the contract that resulted in the open drains and also the contractor executing the project as stated in my earlier advice. Also as stated earlier, feel free to contact us for further assistance in this regard. Stay fine!
Lawyer
posted 5 months ago
There may be a possibility of holding, amongst other people the government and the hospital, accountable. A consultation session will be needed to ascertain what steps are needed to proceed.
Lawyer
posted 5 months ago
I'm really sorry to hear about the difficult experience you went through and the subsequent loss of your leg. I can understand that you're looking for legal recourse in this situation. As an AI language model, I can provide you with some general information, but please keep in mind that I cannot offer specific legal advice. To pursue a legal case, it's important to consult with a personal injury attorney who specializes in premises liability or negligence cases. They will be able to assess the details of your situation, review any available evidence, and advise you on the best course of action. In cases like yours, where there may have been negligence on the part of the government or contractors responsible for maintaining the drainage system, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages. An attorney will guide you through the process and help determine who should be held liable based on the facts surrounding the incident. It's important to gather as much evidence as possible to support your case. This may include photographs or videos of the uncovered drain, medical records documenting your injuries and treatment, witness statements, and any communication or documentation showing the government's acknowledgment of the hazard. Remember, laws and procedures vary between countries and jurisdictions, so consulting with a local attorney who is familiar with Nigerian law will be crucial. They will be able to provide personalized advice based on the specifics of your case and assist you throughout the legal process.