Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia and the gathering of the World Meeting Of Families is a historic event that few people would want to miss. Many of the faithful and others who want to see the pope for themselves are expected to descend on Philadelphia the weekend of September 26th and 27th. Pope Francis is slated to make both private and public appearances concerning an array of topics and at a number of locations. Private events that are closed to the public include a mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul and a meeting with prisoners and their family members at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility.
For most people, however, the main focus will be on events that are held open to the public. Major public events that event attendees are likely to seek out include Pope Francis’ speech on religious freedom and immigration held at Independence National Historical Park and open mass at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The record crowds expected for these events means that the usual risk of injury is likely to be exacerbated by the concentration of people and tight spaces.
What Are Common Reasons for Injury During the Pope’s Visit?
While we pray that all who come to visit Philadelphia for Pope Francis’ appearances and mass will leave with their spirits and faith uplifted, the sheer number of individuals expected to attend means that some injuries and accidents are almost bound to occur. While some accidents are unpreventable, others could have been avoided with some level of foresight and planning. Common reasons for accidents during the pope’s visit include:
- Pedestrian struck by car or truck
- Pedestrian hit by object dropped from a building
- Slip and fall accident on debris on a sidewalk
- Trip and fall on a cracked sidewalk
- Fall due to a crumbled street curb
- Injury due to overcrowding
- Injury due to insufficient security, organization, and planning
Unfortunately the foregoing represents only a few of the more common reasons for injury in Philadelphia.
My Loved One Was Seriously Injured While Visiting the Pope — What Hospital Are They At?
Philadelphia is fortunate to be served by a number of high-quality medical facilities. The number of high-quality hospitals staffed by top doctors, nurses, and medical professionals means that your loved one is likely to receive timely and appropriate medical care. However, the large number of hospitals can also complicate locating your loved after an accident or incident.
If you are attempting to locate your loved one after a serious accident or incident, do not call 9-1-1 unless you need emergency assistance. 9-1-1 is an emergency number and it should be left open for emergencies – especially during a major even like Pope Francis’ visit. Rather, if you know your loved one was seriously injured, you should first work to gather all information regarding your loved one’s injury. The potential information you can gather includes the location of the injury, the type of injury, and the incident that caused the injury. In the case of a high-profile incident potentially causing injury to multiple individuals, listen to local news reports for information about where they are bringing the injured. You should then call non-emergency numbers for updates on your loved one’s status. Some hospitals in and around Philadelphia include:
Abington Memorial Hospital
1200 Old York Road
Frankford Hospital (Aria Health)
Red Lion and Knights Roads
Philadelphia PA 19114
Hahnemann University Hospital
Broad & Vine
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street
Northeastern Hospital (Temple East)
2301 E. Allegheny Avenue
800 Spruce Street
Presbyterian Medical Center
39th & Market Streets
Temple University Hospital
3401 N. Broad Street
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
1-800-JEFF-NOW & 215-955-6000
11th & Walnut Streets
University of Pennsylvania Medical Center
3400 Spruce Street
Was Your Loved One Injured During Pope Francis’ Visit?
If your loved one was seriously injured in an accident, such as a slip and fall, during Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia, first try to remain calm. Emergency services personnel, doctors, and nurses will do all they can to help and assist your loved one. If it becomes clear that the negligence of another or an intentional act was the cause of your loved one’s serious injuries the Philadelphia personal injury attorneys of The Reiff Law Firm can fight for compensation to cover the therapy and medical treatment needed for a recovery. To schedule a free and confidential legal consultation call us at (215) 246-9000 today.