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Most slip-and-fall accidents could be prevented

The National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is being sued, along with EH Hospitality Holdings, LLC, and Extended Stay America. The suit is directed at an Extended Stay America hotel, where a man experienced a slip-and-fall accident. The hotel is accused of having a hazardous and dangerous condition that was not posted to warn customers. The dangerous condition referred to was insufficient lighting, surfacing and handrails for a handicap ramp.

A man allegedly slipped when going up the handicap ramp at night into the Extended Stay Hotel in Metairie. It was also raining making the pavement slippery. The man says there were no lights to illuminate the walkway at night, and that was a contributing factor in causing him to slip and fall. He claims the handicap ramp was unsafe, creating a premises liability. The hotel should have posted warnings of the hazardous condition.

The man's injuries have been disabling to him. They include a fractured knee cap, in which he had to have surgery for, followed by extensive treatment. The plaintiff is requesting damages for pain and suffering, mental anguish and emotional distress. His injuries are considered severe.

Businesses have an obligation to their customers to ensure that their property is safe. Handicap facilities, such as ramps, doors, bathrooms and parking spaces must fulfill specific building code guidelines and be properly maintained. Dangerous property or property under construction should be blocked off and inaccessible to the public. Notices should also be well-posted, so customers do not traverse on unsafe property. Proper security and lighting are also important.

If someone is injured on another's property, they can file a premises liability suit in order to be compensated for their injuries, which could include medical costs, compensation for lost wages or benefits, and emotional pain and suffering.

Source: louisianarecord.com, "Hotel sued by man who slipped and fell on sidewalk in rain" Kyle Barnett, Dec. 18, 2013

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