Viral Video Gets Attention for Slip and Fall Hazard

Perhaps the most common premises liability accidents are slips, trips, and falls.  After all,  virtually everyone has suffered from an embarrassing lack of coordination at some point in his or her life. Oklahoma slip and fall attorneys, however, understand that in many cases, the accident is not caused by personal clumsiness, but rather by a premises hazard which caused the victim to trip or slip.  Though seemingly innocuous, slip and fall accidents can also cause serious personal injury, including broken bones, sprains, head trauma or traumatic brain injury, and back injury. Wet, icy, or slippery surfaces are often the culprit in slip and fall accidents.  To protect visitors from the risk of slippery floors and walkways, ice melt should be used quickly and frequently in inclement weather, spills should be cleaned promptly, and wet floors should be clearly marked and cordoned off from guest access.  Of course, slippery walkways are only one cause of these accidents.  Other conditions which could cause a person to trip or fall include absent or broken handrails, uneven walkways and surfaces, broken stairways, insecure rugs and floor coverings, dim lighting, and failure to warn of potential hazards. Clearly, one would hope that a business or public entity would quickly address any such hazards.  Unfortunately, many do not attempt to resolve the hazard until after an accident has already occurred.  However, one man took quick action to force a major transit authority to address a hazard over which he saw commuters trip daily. Dean Peterson said that he continually tripped on the stairs at his nearest subway station.  He claims that, at first, he thought he and his girlfriend were just "kind of klutzy."  However, he began to notice that he and his girlfriend were not the only ones tripping over the same step every day.  Peterson began to realize the issue was not with his own lack of coordination, but with a slight problem in the stairs' measurements.  He grabbed a camera and filmed a series of commuters tripping over the nefarious step, set it to music, and posted it on YouTube: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ap-22FjgoE4&feature=player_embedded Within twelve hours, the video went viral, obtaining more than 486,000 views, and forcing the transit authority to take action.  The stairway has now been blocked and is being prepped for repairs. Though no one was seriously injured in the video, there are a couple of tense moments--particularly when a man holding a baby takes a spill and when an elderly man loses his footing.  According to the American Family Physician, falls are the leading cause of injury-related emergency room visits among the elderly and the primary cause of accidental death in those over the age of 65. Though Peterson may not have realized the consequences his video would have, by taking public action, he may be saving countless commuters from serious injury--even death--by forcing the subway system to take note.

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