Lawsuit: Woman claims she fell victim to tangle of computer cables
According to the suit in Rockingham County Superior Court, Linda Iacozzi says her August 2010 injuries were the result of how a Hewlett-Packard worker installed the computer equipment at Bank of America on Elm Street. The suit said the bank contracted with the California-based computer maker to install, maintain and repair its computers.
The suit said a representative from Hewlett-Packard serviced Iacozzi's work station during the summer of 2010.
According to the suit, Iacozzi's leg became entangled in the wires and cords, tripping her.
"Ms. Iacozzi was severely injured from what would otherwise be perceived as a minor thing. She suffered very significant injuries," said her attorney, John F. Bisson of the Manchester law firm Cronin, Bisson & Zalinsky P.C.
Iacozzi began receiving physical therapy a month later and returned to work in November 2010. The suit claims she was "permanently injured."
The suit accuses Hewlett-Packard of negligence for failing to "install the required cords, wires and cables in a reasonable manner."
Computer-related injuries have been on the rise over the last several years, according to a study published by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine in 2009.
Statistics from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System database showed more than 78,000 patients seeking emergency-room care for acute computer-related injuries between 1994 and 2006.