When an individual goes to the hospital because he is ill or to visit a friend or loved one, he or she could be injured in a slip and fall accident because of the many hazards that exist in hospitals. If you were injured in a slip and fall at a hospital, the hospital could be liable for compensating you for your injuries if negligence can be proven.
Major Causes of Slips, Falls, and Trips at Seattle-Area Hospitals
Like other property owners, hospitals have a duty to maintain their properties in a safe condition and to warn patients, visitors, and others of potential hazards. Here are some of the ways that they may breach this duty:
Damaged flooring. When carpeting is torn, flooring is cracked, or surfaces are uneven, this can create a slip and fall hazard for patients and guests. Individuals using walkers or wheelchairs or who are unsteady due to a medical condition are especially at risk.
Slippery floors. When floors are wet, they can be a slip and fall hazard. Spilled food, drink, and other liquids can make floors slippery when not cleaned up properly. In addition, floors that are washed or waxed—done frequently due to health concerns—can also be treacherous.
Ice, water, and snow. When parking lots and entranceways are not kept free of ice, accumulated water, and snow, they can become slippery and cause someone to fall.
Inadequate lighting. If there is insufficient lighting in hallways, food areas, or parking lots, patients and visitors cannot see slip and fall hazards to avoid them.
Unsecured cords. Because of all the medical equipment used in hospitals, there are often many electrical cords strewn across examining and patient rooms. They can be a tripping hazard if they are not properly secured.
Staircases. Staircases can be extremely dangerous if stairs are uneven, loose, or broken, or handrails are missing or need repairs.
Lack of supervision. Some patients are a fall risk due to medications, poor vision, or medical conditions. If they are not properly supervised by hospital staff, they could suffer broken bones, brain injuries, spinal injuries, or more if they slip and fall on the hard hospital floor.
If you or a family member was injured in a slip and fall accident, our experienced slip and fall attorneys are here to help you obtain the compensation you deserve for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call our office today to schedule a free case evaluation.