Bathroom Slip and Fall Accidents Can Cause Serious Injury

Posted On: September 28, 2011 under

Few people think of a bathroom as a particularly dangerous place. However, this often-used room can be a common site of slip and fall injuries, according to

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 234,000 adults and teenagers are treated for injuries in U.S. hospital emergency rooms each year that they suffered by slipping while in the bathroom. Eighty percent of these injuries occur when the person fell; many involved traumatic brain injuries suffered when the falling person struck a counter, the edge of a bathtub or another bathroom fixture. Adults over age 85 were more likely to break one or more bones due to a bathroom fall.

The high risk of injury involved in a bathroom fall is related to the fact that bathrooms are typically small and the surfaces in them are often hard and/or wet. This increases both the likelihood of falls and the chance that a falling person will hit something that will cause further injury. The CDC recommends placing non-slip strips on tub and shower floors and installing grab bars by the tub, shower and toilet. Floors in both public and private bathrooms should be cleaned regularly to prevent buildup of water, soap or litter that might also cause a slip and fall.

Slip and fall injuries can cause serious damage. If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced Chattanooga slip and fall injury attorneys at Massey & Associates, P.C. For a free and confidential consultation, call us today at (423) 697-4529.