Property owners have a duty of care to visitors to ensure their safety while on the property. If a property owner breaches this duty of care and that breach leads to a person’s injury, then the property owner can be held liable for damages the injury causes, such as medical bills and lost wages. This concept is called negligence, and it is the basis for any personal injury lawsuit.
On May 19, a Louisiana woman filed a lawsuit against Ochsner Health System and Ochsner Health Foundation LLC alleging negligence on the part of the defendants. The lawsuit states that the woman was at the health center when a substance that accumulated on the parking garage floor caused her to slip and fall. By failing to clean up the mess or to warn of the danger, the health center is responsible for her injuries, according to the suit.
Slip and Fall Statistics
Slip and falls are an exceedingly common cause on injury. Here are some sobering statistics related to slip and fall incidents, collected from the National Floor Safety Institute:
- Slip and falls are the leading cause of workers’ comp claims and are the leading cause of work injury for people 55 and older
- Falls account for over 8 million hospital emergency room visits per year, representing a leading cause of visits for older Americans
- Slip and falls are not a primary cause of workplace fatalities, but are the primary cause of lost days from work
- Half of all accidental deaths at home are caused by falls
- Slip and falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injury, which accounts for 46 percent of fatal falls among older Americans
Almost 20,000 people die every year in the United States due to unintentional falls, and many more are injured. A premises liability attorney can help you determine if your slip, trip or fall was caused by negligence on the part of a property owner.