Injured Ohio State University Worker Still Suffering
For Savannah Correll, the road to recovery is a painful one.
"It hurts when I walk for more than 5 or 10 minutes," Correll said as she leaned on a walking cane.
Correll's pain started two years ago when she was run over by a coworker on The Ohio State University campus. A box truck backed over her.
"So I looked up and saw that the truck was still coming and the wheels were getting closer and closer so I screamed," Correll said.
Correll says the truck ground the tissue away from the bone on her leg. "I couldn't believe what happened," she said.
Six surgeries later, Correll is still scarred and unable to work. "Just thirty seconds completely changed my life," she said.
Where Correll had hope and optimism before, she says she now has sadness and debt. Correll says she's paid $35,000 out of pocket.
Correll says most of that was for an operation by a special surgeon that the state Bureau of Workers' compensation will not reimburse. The BWC declined to comment for this story, citing state privacy laws.
Correll says the Ohio State University also refuses to pay anything.
Correll would sue if she could, she says.
However, according to personal injury attorney Brian Garvine, state law and a legal concept called "sovereign immunity" prevent such lawsuits. "Ohio State and so forth, there's a statue, they are presumed immune from liability with very few exceptions."
So for Savannah, the way forward won't come easy or cheap.
"I think it's terribly sad," Correll said as she walked with slow, deliberate steps. "It means all state entities... aren't taking care of their people."