Injured in a Bathroom Slip and Fall? We Can Help
The bathroom is one of the number one areas for slip and fall accidents. Bathroom slip and falls can have many causes, but one of the biggest problems for businesses is a lack of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA was passed in 1990 and became effective in 1992. It is designed to enable millions of Americans with disabilities to enjoy services and employment opportunities. The ADA requires that all bathrooms must be usable by people with disabilities. This includes several accommodations in bathtubs. When a business, such as a hotel or nursing home, fails to comply with ADA requirements and a slip and fall results, it can be held legally accountable for the injuries that result.
ADA Bathtub Requirements
The ADA has issued numerous requirements concerning bathrooms. Laws pertaining to the bathtub include the following:
- Bathtub faucets must be mounted so that they are controlled by the entry side of the tub, making them easily accessible;
- Provide wall mounted grab bars in the tub or shower and in the toilet area;
- Select impact resistant tub and shower enclosures;
- Be sure all flooring materials are non-slip, including any rugs;
- Allow a 30-inch wide space running the length of the tub.
These are just a few of the numerous ADA requirements that bathrooms should comply with. It can be difficult for a slip and fall accident victim to determine whether a bathroom is compliant with ADA guidelines. If you are injured in a bathtub slip and fall, consult with a personal injury attorney who can investigate whether the bathroom complies with the law.
Damages for Your Slip and Fall-Related Injuries
A slip and fall accident caused by a non-ADA compliant bathroom can leave you with devastating injuries. Potential injuries stemming from a bathtub slip and fall include head trauma, bruising, broken bones, including a broken hip, spinal cord damage, and much more. These injuries may prevent you from performing needed work and living tasks. When a slip and fall accident is caused by the negligence of another, you may be able to file a personal injury claim for your damages. Potential damages in a slip and fall accident case include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Ongoing disability
- Physical rehabilitation
- And more
Your exact recovery will depend on the circumstances surrounding the fall and the extent of your injuries, among other factors. Contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after your fall to protect your legal rights.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident involving a potentially non-ADA compliant bathroom, contact one of Slip and Fall Accident Attorneys as soon as possible to protect your legal rights. At Stein & Shulman, LLC, our experienced attorneys strive to see that our injured clients obtain the coverage they deserve for their slip and fall related damages. Contact us today for a free consultation at (312) 422-0500 or by filling out a free contact form online.