Slips and falls are a common reason why patients are harmed while seeking
treatment in US hospitals. Although these accidents are more likely to
affect the elderly and children, slip and fall accidents can happen to
patients of all age groups. Hospital slip and fall accidents may be caused by:
Poor supervision: Nurses and other hospital staff must frequently check up on patients.
In some cases, patients may roll out of bed or fall while walking to the
restroom. This is especially true if a patient was recently sedated or
is being treated with a medication that disrupts balance. Patients can
also fall if they are left unattended in other parts of a hospital. Supervision
can minimize incidents of slip and fall incidents.
Slippery floors: Hospitals are constantly being cleaned. While cleaning can reduce the number
of infections, it can also make the floors slippery. Patients are not
the only group of people affected by this common hospital hazard. Hospitals
can prevent slip and fall accidents by cleaning up spills promptly or
by prominently labeling wet floors.
Cluttered walkways: Hallways and staircases should be free of clutter. Slip and fall accidents
can occur when equipment or other objects are left out in walkways. This
is especially true if the walkway in question also has poor lighting.
Patient transportation: Patients can fall from gurneys while they are being transported to other
parts of the hospital. The side rails on gurneys should be placed up and
patients should be strapped in while they are being moved.
There is often confusion as to whether a slip and fall accident is a premises
liability or medical malpractice claim. It would depend on the circumstances
that led to the accident. For example, if a visitor slips on a wet floor,
it could not be
medical malpractice because no doctor-patient relationship existed.
Do I Need a Lawyer After a Hospital Slip and Fall Accident?
Slip and fall accidents may cause life-altering injuries that can require
extensive medical care and rehabilitation, or even death. You deserve
to hold the hospital accountable if its negligence contributed to the accident.
If you or a loved one suffered a slip and fall accident at a hospital,
then you should speak with one of our
Washington DC premises liability attorneys. Our law firm also has a long history of helping victims of medical malpractice
in Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland.