You may think of a slip and fall accident as not being serious, but people often suffer severe injuries from slip and fall accidents. Some even die from concussions.
An unusual slip and fall accident occurred with a woman last June in Plainfield, N.J in front of Acme Windows on Somerset Street. CBS New York reported that a 67-year old woman tripped over a cellar door that was left open and fell into a basement. The accident was caught on video. She appears to be looking at her cell phone right before the fall, and most people would conclude she was simply distracted and did not see the open door.
What people watching the video would not realize though was that the woman was legally blind and a diabetic.
The woman’s son said she eats regularly and checks her sugar periodically. When she felt slightly nauseous, she checked her phone to see what the time was. Seconds later she fell. Fire crews arrived to rescue her and pulled her out on a stretcher.
The woman’s blindness makes it difficult for her to see blended colors, according to her son. Workers doing pipe repairs had left the cellar doors open. If they had put out colored cones, she probably would have been alerted to the open doors.
The woman suffered a serious injury but later her condition became stable.
Property owners have a have a legal responsibility to ensure there are no hazards for people coming onto their property. In this case city workers are responsible for creating a safe environment. The handicaps of disabled people are something that people who do not have disabilities may not take into consideration.
If you experience a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property and you consider property conditions were unsafe, get a legal opinion.
Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP has decades of experience representing clients in all kinds of cases. We can investigate an accident, establish liability and help you recover compensation to offset damages.