Public restrooms are one of the most common (and awkward) places for a slip and fall accident to take place. Whether you're at a local supermarket or changing after swimming at Santa Monica Pier, the fact is that floors often become wet and slippery, and management may do nothing about it. Or perhaps the flooring becomes chipped or broken, causing a customer to trip and fall. The owner or management of the facility has the responsibility to provide a safe place for their customers, and yes, this includes the bathroom.
As most are aware, bathrooms are usually full of hard objects, many of which have sharp or pointy edges. The facilities at the beach also include stools and benches. This makes for injuries that can be very serious during a slip and fall accident. Some of the common injuries associated with a slip and fall that occurs in the restroom are:
- Head injuries. The head falling with force on any object can be dangerous. When that floor is hard, it is very likely that head trauma will occur. It is not uncommon for victims of slip and falls in restrooms to sustain head injuries.
- Broken bones. The bones can only take so much force before they break. This force is often surpassed when the body falls onto the hard bathroom floor. Broken bones can range from a slight fracture to bones protruding from the skin.
- Sprains. As the body falls, it is instinctive to throw out the arms and hands in order to stop the fall. When the mass of the body shifts to the upper limbs, the result can be wrist, elbow, hand, or shoulder sprains.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall incident, it is important to remember that you do not have to fight for compensation on your own. To learn how we can help in your case, simply fill out the contact form on this page.