Hospitals, like other public places, are occasionally the scene of accidental injuries to both patients and hospital employees. More often than not, injuries sustained are the direct result of slips, trips and falls.
Water, other fluids and food; grease and oil making floors slippery in food service and decontamination areas; kitchens and cafeterias, as well as around drains, drinking fountains, soap dispensers and dishwashers; building entrances, fridges, freezers or ice machines are among the most commonly reported causes of slip injuries in hospitals.
Buckled, damaged, uneven or warped flooring in entrances, hallways and patient rooms, as well as operating rooms are often responsible for trip injuries.
In many cases, injuries by tripping are caused by holes, rocks or otherwise uneven or poorly-maintained external pathways. Leaves and other debris are also responsible for a great deal of injuries by slipping.
Build-up of clutter, including loosely dangling wires, cords and hoses; medical tubing and other objects in and around storage areas, nursing, computer and work stations; in hallways, patient and operating rooms, etc are also frequently recorded trip hazards. Damaged or poorly-lit stairways and old or poorly placed mats also frequently contribute to slip or trip injuries.
Hospital authorities are, like other places frequented by both employees and members of the public, required by law to prevent injuries by falling, tripping or slipping by assessing and looking out for potential risks and ensuring slip, trip and fall hazards are removed immediately. If immediate removal of hazards is not possible for some reason or another, affected areas should be clearly marked with the help of signs, cones or paint (a small step along a corridor may, for instance, be painted in yellow or white to draw attention to it).
Should you sustain a slip, trip or fall injury in a hospital because the responsible authority neglected its duty of care and did not deal with trip, fall or slip hazards, you could qualify for slip injury compensation. With years of experience in handling public liability claims, Accident Advice Helpline is without doubt your best first port of call. You can speak to an advisor confidentially and without any obligation to go ahead with a claim via a 24/7 free phone number. Conducted under no win no fee* agreements by in-house lawyers, claims are brought to completion as efficiently and as quickly as possible.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice