While all of us have been taught to put toilet paper on the toilet seat in public restrooms, bacteria and germs are not the only hazards that may cause you harm when nature calls and you are far from home.
“Even if you do your best to avoid touching door handles, stall doors, and faucets top in public restrooms, catching disease is not the only bad thing that can happen to you in these germ-ridden places,” warns our Pittsburgh public restroom accident attorney at SMA Law Group.
Each year, thousands of Americans get injured in slip and fall accidents in public restrooms. But slip and fall accidents are not the only type of accidents in which you may get injured when visiting a public restroom to urinate, defecate, wash your hands, or simply hide from other people in a relatively quiet place.
Depending on where a public restroom is located, it can be used by thousands of people each day. But regardless of where a public restroom is located, the owner of the property has a duty to ensure a safe and sanitary environment for all visitors. The vast majority of businesses in Pittsburgh and elsewhere in Pennsylvania have public restrooms, including shopping malls, restaurants, retail stores, coffee shops, commercial businesses, hospitals, and other places.
As you can imagine, it can be extremely difficult to maintain a public restroom in a safe condition and prevent foreseeable accidents, because, as we have mentioned earlier, toilets can be used by thousands of people daily.
To ensure a safe environment for visitors, the owner of a public restroom or the property where the restroom is located must employ person(s) – janitorial staff – to conduct routine inspections and clean the restroom. Typically, these inspections occur every hour or so.
More often than not, with an experienced public restroom accident attorney in Pittsburgh or elsewhere in Pennsylvania by your side, you will be able to seek compensation for your injury by holding the property owner liable for failure to ensure a safe environment.
However, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence that the owner or his or her employees were aware or should have been aware of the dangerous conditions that caused your injury. Typically, you may argue that the hazardous condition existed for an unreasonably long period of time prior to the accident, or that the janitorial staff or managers were notified about the dangerous condition but did nothing to fix it.
More often than not, however, public restroom accidents are caused by the janitorial staff’s failure to conduct routine inspections and clean the premises. Do not be surprised if the owner of the property attempts to deny your personal injury claim on the basis that his or her employees could not have been reasonably expected to fix, remedy, or clean the hazardous condition before the accident occurred.
In some cases, this defense works, but when you are represented by a Pittsburgh public restroom accident lawyer, you leave the owner of the public restroom and his or her lawyers no chance to escape liability for your injury if the accident was caused by negligence or carelessness.