Premises Liability: What if You Fall in a Public Restroom?
Many only consider using public restrooms as a last resort. It, therefore, seems the ultimate insult to slip and fall while taking care of personal needs. Worse yet, slip and fall accidents in public bathrooms can result in serious and permanent personal injuries.
In our continuing presentation on premises liability accidents, we’ll look at prospective claims involving public restrooms. What are some common causes of these types of fall down accidents? And, who’s responsible?
Slip and Fall Accidents in Public Restrooms
What are the top two reasons some people hesitate to use public restrooms? Some cite privacy concerns. The other issue is even more common. Cleanliness is often a major problem when it comes to using either the ladies or men’s rooms.
We’ve all experienced bathroom facilities that are downright disgusting. Does that mean the premises aren’t properly maintained and inspected? Could this possible negligent behavior cause or contribute to a dangerous condition? And, result in someone slipping and falling and sustaining serious injuries?
The answer is obvious. People fall in public bathrooms for a variety of reasons. Accidents of this nature can occur at a sports arena, the mall or the library. Or any other place that affords restrooms for the public’s use.
There is a potential for harm in any public restroom. Like all premises liability cases, it will be crucial to determining who owns, maintains, inspects, and controls the accident location.
At the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone, we have worked with a number of clients who fell down when using a public bathroom. Here are some common issues that contributed to their fall:
- Sinks or toilets leaking onto the floor
- Collection of debris
- Broken tiles
- Clogged sinks or toilets
In our previous articles, we have stressed the importance of reporting your accident. Do your best to determine who is in charge of maintaining the restroom. The location may hire an outside service to inspect and maintain the public bathrooms. Nevertheless, you should do your best to record the incident.
Try to take photographs of the dangerous situation. Pursue appropriate medical attention. Seek the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to investigate the feasibility of a premises liability claim.
Serious injuries can occur as a result of slip and fall accidents in public restrooms. We are sorry if you or a loved one has suffered this misfortune. At the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone, we are paid unless we recover on your behalf. Contact us to see how we can help you.