Boating is a fun activity enjoyed by many people in the Southern Florida area. It is a part of many vacations, as well as an activity that many locals enjoy. Along with the fun, though, comes a bit of risk and potential for accidents and injuries. One such incident occurred recently when a woman fell down a flight of stairs during boating activity and sustained traumatic injuries. The woman was rescued from the lower deck of a 44-foot boat after falling, and taken to a trauma center for treatment.
A Boat Owner’s Liability For Injuries On-Board
While it is not known what factors contributed to this incident, it is certainly not an isolated or unusual event. Slippery decks and narrow and/or steep steps lend themselves to slips and falls on boats and, according to the concept of premises liability, the boat owner is often found to have some liability for any losses suffered by the injured party.
Slip And Fall Accidents Are No Laughing Matter
Often times, when we slip and fall, it is more an embarrassment than anything serious. However, many times these seemingly simple slip and fall incidents lead to serious injuries. According to the Brain Injury Institute, the main cause for concern surrounding a fall is that the person will hit their head. Brain injuries are most often the result of slips and falls and, in fact, 35 percent of all brain injuries are caused by a fall. Statistics show that slip and fall accidents injure more than eight million people a year, many of whom die as a result. Members of the senior population, a special concern in the state of Florida with its large percentage of senior citizens, are especially susceptible to falls, though it is something that affects and concerns people of all ages.
Guarding Against Slip And Fall Accidents
It is not possible to prevent all slip and fall accidents, but measures can and should be taken to minimize risks. Some of the best precautionary measures are to be aware of your surroundings and alert to potential hazardous situations. When at home, keep clutter to a minimum and check for safety issues regularly. When outside, pay attention to weather conditions that could contribute to slippery surfaces or fallen items that could cause a tripping hazard. Use handrails where they are available and be extra cautious when the circumstances call for it.
Reach Out to Us for Professional Help
When accidents occur as a result of the negligence of others and you or a loved one has suffered injuries, you have rights under the law and may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. If you have been the victim of an accident, contact the office of Boone & Davis in Fort Lauderdale. Our traumatic brain injury attorneys have the experience you can trust to help you get the relief you are entitled to under the law. Our legal professionals handle all types of cases dealing with traumatic brain injuries and know the challenges and intricacies of these types of matters. We will help you to understand your rights and responsibilities and know what outcomes are possible. Contact us online or call us today at 954.556.5260 to schedule your consultation and get moving towards recovery for your losses.