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Shower Accidents and Injuries

The number of shower injuries is increasing daily. A recent article raised the issue of the causes, liabilities, and legalities involved in these shower slipping and fall accidents.

The bathroom is the most used room in the house, so accidents can and do occur there. Unfortunately, accidents can become dangerous or fatal individuals. Apart from slipping and falling, bathroom injuries pose the following risks: burning, electrocution, poison, or concussion.

These accidents are common in residential homes, hotels, pools, and healthcare clinics.

Accidents on Adult Bath Seats

Adult bath seats facilitate aged individuals or those with mobility difficulties to take a bath or shower in a sitting position. However, these, too, can often lead to severe injuries due to falls, breakage, sharp edges, or even surface mold. Injuries may include sprains, head wounds, bone breakage, and even dangerous concussions.

The Liability

Someone may always be held accountable for accidents that occur while sitting on an adult chair. For instance, in those cases where an individual needs extra assistance to sit and stand, the caretaker may have to bear the responsibility of the fall due to negligence. Typically in adult care facilities, the caretakers may be responsible for not using the seat correctly, resulting in injuring the patient.

At times, the seat may be improperly fixed or may have a manufacturing defect. For instance, the manufacturer will bear the liability if the seat is made from substandard materials that lead to breakage.

Accidents in Showers and Tubs

As per CPSC, over a hundred people drown every year in bathtubs. Rarely ever is it the manufacturer’s fault that this happens. Only in limited cases, such as if there’s mold or any dangerous chemical in the shower head, will the manufacturer bear the responsibility.

In most other situations, the person who owns the place is responsible. If someone falls in a gym shower due to an improperly installed shower and the installer’s inability to follow the safety guidelines, they will be responsible. If there’s a lawsuit, they will have to pay the claim.

Bathroom Injury Legal Proceedings

If serious bathroom injuries occur, the responsible party will have to pay damages to the affected part. These damages could extend to medical bills, loss of wage, use of hospital facilities and other pain and suffering caused to the individual. If there’s a manufacturing fault, the product may be recalled from the markets, and compensation will be paid to all individuals.

Legal Actions in Shower Accidents

There may be legal action if the accident is serious and the injury requires medical assistance. Usually, the affected party receives compensation for the pain, loss of work days, and other hospital bills.

Claims After Slips and Falls

The tribunal may grant different damages to an individual after a slip and fall accident. Typically these types of damages are paid to the affected individuals:

  • Economic Damages
    These are the monetary damages including the hospital stay, bills, loss of wages, and any damages to the equipment.
  • General Damages
    General damages include emotional damage, pain, and other emotional or physical sufferings.
  • Punitive Damages
    These are the financial and legal penalties the property owner has to pay for accidents on their land.

Resolution of Slip and Fall Accidents

Usually, slip and fall accidents are settled outside the court. When all property is insured, the insurance company pays the claim to the affected party.

How to Avoid Bathroom Accidents

Review this list of preventive measures to avoid bathroom accidents:

  • Keep the bathroom floor dry.
  • Install grab bars by the toilet seat and shower for support.
  • Step into the tub meticulously. Wear gripping shower shoes if necessary.
  • Make your bathrooms more accessible for the elderly and children.
  • Clear the walkways, so there’s no chance of anyone tripping.
  • Remodel your old shower to install a better, safer one in its place.
  • Remove any slippery rugs, carpets, and mats.
  • Install shower enclosures to keep the rest of the bathroom dry.
  • Opt for slip-resistant slippers.