Slip and fall injuries can be physically and financially devastating. Approximately 8 million people visit the emergency room each year as a result of suffering from a slip and fall. Many of these incidents turn into personal injury cases if another party is liable for the dangerous conditions that caused the slip and fall. Common causes of slip and fall accidents include poorly maintained areas, unsafe stairways, loose handrails, unguarded manholes, uneven flooring, wet floors, and poor lighting.
According to the Boston Globe, Alan Dershowitz, a Harvard Law School Professor Emeritus, has filed a suit in the Suffolk Superior Court in Boston, Massachusetts against TD Garden after he allegedly slipped and fell in a bathroom during a Boston Celtics game. In 2012, Dershowitz allegedly slipped on the arena’s wet bathroom floor, which caused him to twist his right knee and leg, landing on his back. He alleges that the bathroom floor was wet because there were no paper towels near the sink. Water spilled over from the sinks when patrons dripped or shook off their hands onto the floor.
After the fall, Dershowitz was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital by ambulance. He was diagnosed with a sprained medial collateral ligament, placed in a knee brace and given crutches to use for many months. This injury causes him to stay awake at night and significantly impairs his mobility. Dershowitz attends physical therapy and may need knee surgery in the future. He is seeking compensatory damages for medical bills totaling $5,984, including the cost of the ambulance ride to Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also seeking compensation for “economic and intangible damages.”