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BLANCHE E. BROAD
FEBRUARY 9, 1945.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House and
ordered to be printed
Mr. McGEHEE, from the Committee on Claims, submitted the
[To accompany H. R. 906)
The Committee on Claims, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 906) for the relief of Blanche E. Broad, having considered the same, report favorably thereon without amendment and recommend that the bill do pass.
A similar bill was favorably reported by this committee in the Seventy-eighth Congress but was objected to and recommitted to the committee.
The facts will be found fully set forth in House Report No. 27, Seventy-eighth Congress, which is appended hereto and made a part
of this report.
(H. Rept. No. 27, 77th Cong., 1st sess.) The purpose of the proposed legislation is to pay to Blanche E. Broad, of Beaver Falls, Pa., the sum of $3,000, for personal injuries and losses sustained as the result of a fall in the Capitol of the United States on May 31, 1940.
STATEMENT OF FACTS On May 31, 1940, Mrs. Broad, accompanied by her nieco, was sightseeing through the Capitol Building
when they entered the west entrance of the crypt; that is, they started, then Mrs. Broad stepped
into a depression or stone block which bad sunk, causing her to fall, which fall resulted in a double fracture of her left arm and internal injury to her left hip and back; that Mrs. Broad was taken to the Capitol physician for attention, and advised that she should be removed to a hospital for X-ray; that Mrs. Broad was taken to the Providence Hospital, where she was X-rayed and found to have sustained fracture of the neck of the humerus of the left arm, also an injury to the left shoulder joint, and contusions of the left hip and back. According to an affidavit executed by Dr. J. Howard Swick, Mrs. Broad will have at least a 26-percont permanent disability,
& result of her injuries.
In a report from the Architect of the Capitol, dated June 17, 1941, he states that:
“Examination has been made of the floor of the crypt upon which Mrs. Broad states that she fell, and that, although the floor is worn, it does not appear to be in such condition as to constitute a public danger. However, in fairness to Mrs. Broad, it should be stated that this is the original crypt floor installed when the central section of the Capitol was built in 1818–29, and that there is a slight depression in the floor at the particular spot where Mrs. Broad claims to have fallen.
“To the best of my knowledge, there have been no precedent claims for injuries occurring in this section of the Capitol, and therefore I do not feel that I am in position to either recommend for or against the bill."
Your committee, after carefully considering the merits of this case, feel that the injuries sustained to Mrs. Broad were a direct result of the depression in crypt floor, and recommend that she be paid her actual expenses of $287.78, and awarded $2,712.22 for pain and suffering.
ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL,
Washington, D. C., June 17, 1941. Hon. Dan R. McGEHEE, Chairman, Committee on Claims,
House of Representatives, Washington, D. C. MY DEAR MR. CHAIRMAN: In reply to your request, I have the following report to submit relative to bill H. R. 4524, which Representative Graham has introduced in the House of Representatives for the relief of Blanche E. Broad.
I do recall having talked to the late Speaker Bankhead about Mrs. Broad's injury but I did not, of course, witness the accident in connection with which you ask for a report.
Examination has been made of the floor of the crypt upon which Mrs. Broad states that she fell and whereas the floor is worn, yet it does not appear to be in such condition as to constitute a public danger. However, in fairness to Mrs. Broad, it should be stated that this is the original crypt floor installed when the central section of the Capitol was built in 1818–29, and that there is a slight depression in the floor at the particular spot where Mrs. Broad claims to have fallen.
To the best of my knowledge, there have been no precendent claims for injuries occurring in this section of the Capitol and therefore I do not feel that I am in a position to either recommend for or against the bill. Yours very truly,
David LYNN, Architect of the Capitol.
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA,
County of Beaver, 88:
That Friday, May 31, 1940, about 4:15 p. m. her mother (Mrs. Blanche E. Broad), a niece, and herself had entered the United States Capitol Building by the west entrance passing through revolving doors and ascending the stairs to the floor level.
That having taken three or four steps in front of her mother she heard a thud behind her and turning saw her mother laying on the floor where she had stepped into a depression, or stone block, which had been shaled or sunk in the floor, causing her mother to turn an ankle and fall resulting in a double fracture of her left arm and internal injury to her left hip and back.
That a Capitol physician, an assistant to Dr. Calver, attended her mother first and that Dr. Calver informed her that she should remove her mother to the hospital for X-ray, which was done.
That her mother was admitted to the Providence Hospital about 5 p. m. and X-ray pictures were taken about 2 hours after her mother's admission, the X-rays showing the above-mentioned injuries.
That her mother's arm was set Saturday, June 1, about 11:15 a. m. by Dr. Paul J. O'Donnell, who advised her to leave her mother at the hospital for at least a week before attempting to move her mother.
That she drove home Sunday, June 2, and arranged to send her sister back by train Tuesday, June 4, to be near her mother in case of need.
That she returned to Wasbington by auto Saturday, June 8, to make arrangements to move her mother to Beaver Falls. Her mother was transported by ambulance to a drawing room of the Baltimore & Ohio train, leaving Washington at 11:50 p. m., Sunday, June 9, and arrived in Beaver Falls at 8:40 a. m., Monday, June 10. Her mother was removed through the Pullman windows and taken to a local hospital by Scott's ambulance.
That her mother remained in the Providence Hospital, of Beaver Falls, until June 21, 1940, when she was moved to her home by ambulance and was abed for 6 weeks.
That her mother carried her arm in a sling going about the house for 3 months.
That the expenses resulting from said accident are as follows:
$50.00 Providence Hospital.
76. 50 Ambulance service..
5. 00 Drawing room and train fare..
19. 45 Additional lodging
27. 00 Telephone, telegrams.
4. 08 Gas and oil (extra auto trip)
EDNA MAE BROAD. Sworn and subscribed before me, this 19th day of April A. D. 1941. (SEAL)
S. W. FULLERTON, Notary Public. My commission expires March 6, 1943.
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA,
County of Beaver, 88: Dr. J. Howard Swick, being duly sworn according to law, deposes and says:
That Mrs. Blanche E. Broad, 50 Bridge Street, Beaver Falls, Pa., came under his care June 10, 1940, having been injured May 31, 1940, in the Capitol Building, at Washington, D. C.
That Mrs. Broad's injuries consisted of a fracture of the neck of the humerus of left arm, also an injury to the left shoulder joint, and that further injuries consisted of contusions of left hip and back.
That Mrs. Broad's suffering from this accident was aggravated, first, by the time of year, it being exceptionally hot weather; second, because Mrs. Broad was over 300 miles away from her home; and third, because Mrs. Borad was a woman of overweight; yet in spite of all these handicaps Mrs. Broad was exceptionally patient and made a fairly good recovery.
That Mrs. Broad suffers a great deal of pain with the change of weather in her shoulder and hip.
That Mrs. Broad has a limitation of motion in the left shoulder and cannot raise the injured arm above her head.
That Mrs. Broad is a woman 63 years of age and the prognoses in such cases are not too fayorable. That Mrs. Broad will have at least 25-percent permanent disability.
J. HOWARD SWICK,
Attending Physician. Sworn and subscribed before me this 19th day of April A. D. 1941.
8. W. FULLERTON, (SEAL)
Notary Public. My commission expires March 6, 1943.
WASHINGTON, D. C., June 14, 1940.
daily visits in hospital and treatment of injured left hip June 1 to June 9, inclusive
$50 Paid in full, June 12, 1940.
Paul Y. O'DONNELL, M. D.
WASHINGTON, D. C., June 9, 1940. Mrs. Blanche E. Broad: June 6–9: Board and care, 2 days, at $4.50..
$9.00 Balance June 1, 1940.
PROVIDENCE HOSPITAL, Per S. F.
WASHINGTON, D. C., June 1, 1940. Mrs. Blanche E. Broad: Board and care, 1 at $4; 6, at $4.50 (7 days) May 31 to June. 7.. $31. 00 Laboratory fee
3. 50 Operating room, cast shoulder, June 1.
8. 00 X-ray, hip, $15; shoulder, $10, June 1..
67. 50 50. 00
17. 50 N. B.-Inquiries concerning charges on this bill must be made at main office. This bill does not include charges of attending physician or surgeon.
AMBULANCE SERVICE BILL
JUNE 9, 1940. Patient's name: Mrs. Broad, Address to call: 11 p. m., Providence Hospital, St. Mary's. Take to: Union Station. Ordered by: D. 0. Donnell. Charges, $5. Received by: M. P. M. Names of attendants making call: M. and G.
CAPITAL AMBULANCE SERVICE,
EDMUND D. MONEUSE, Received payment: E. D. M.
BEAVER Falls, Pa., June 17, 1940. Mrs. Blanche Broad, 50 Bridge Street, Beaver Falls, Pa., to J. Orville Scott Funeral Home: June 10: Ambulance service.
$6 Paid, June 14, 1940.
J. ORVILLE Scott.