Sgt. Andrea Eichhorn of the Orlando Police Department is bringing a negligence suit against the family of a drowning baby she helped rescue earlier this year. Eichhorn alleges that while rendering aid in January of this year at the residence of Richard and Maggie Cosmillo, she slipped on some water and broke her knee, keeping her out of work for over two months. Sgt. Eichhorn further maintains that the injuries sustained were the result of the Cosmillos’ negligence.
Eichhorn is a twelve-year Orlando Police department veteran with an outstanding departmental record. According to published reports by the Sentinel, she has a long and distinguished career on the force.
On the day in question, Eichhorn arrived to the house just after rescue personnel had retrieved an infant who nearly drowned in a pool. Sgt. Eichhorn slipped on a puddle in the house and broke her knee, which kept her on employment disability for months.
Although the police department had taken care of her disability while she was out of work, Eichhorn will likely suffer permanent injury from the knee break, such as arthritis. The department medical & disability checks were not enough to cover other expenses, for which Eichhorn is seeking an unspecified amount.
For more information on this subject, please review our section on Premises Liability / Slip & Fall