According to the CDC Healthcare workers are 90% more likely to have a fall than other workers. This is because of the hazards in the workplace are not cleaned, fixed and repaired. See, https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2011-123/.
There are numerous ways that a fall occurs: drains are clogged, and not repaired; the water spouts on the outside walkway allow water to flow into the walking area; tiles are dented, and not repaired; there are uneven surfaces in the grounds including holes; there are stones, and debris on the walk path; when it rains signs are not posted in lobbies, and water is tracked in; the lighting is inadequate, and not maintained; and clutter on the walking surfaces including boxes, and items that cause falls.
In Georgia if you are a visitor to a hospital or other facility the management has a duty to keep the premises safe for patients, and visitors. This means cleaning the walk ways, installing adequate lighting, and inspecting for potential hazards. In order to win a case a party must show that the management knew or should have known of the defect, and that the defect did cause the accident. The in juried party cannot have more knowledge of the defect; this means that if you got out of your car, and stepped over a small hole in the pavement, you know of it, and should avoid it on the return trip. Employees of a hospital are subject to workers compensation for their injuries. Slip and fall injuries are common, but can be avoided by good inspections, and maintenance.
If you are injured on the job you are required to report the accident to your supervisor.
If you have any questions about your rights, give us a call at 404-252-8117.