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Woman Falls Out of Shower Down 15-Foot Shaft

By Andrew Lu on August 20, 2012 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

A San Diego woman fell out of a shower, though a window, and down a 15-foot shaft.

The woman survived the ordeal and was rescued by emergency crews who pried her through the bathroom window of the apartment unit below her unit.

The woman was not identified and is reported to be in her 50s. Police believe that alcohol or drugs may have played a role in the accident, which may have been beneficial in relaxing the woman and preventing serious injury, reports San Diego 10 News.

The San Diego resident was showering in her apartment in the morning when she apparently slipped and fell directly out of a two- by three-foot window of an air shaft. Older buildings in the area reportedly have these windows in the middle of the building that let in air and light, reports 10 News.

As the woman who fell out the shower recovers, she may be shopping around for a personal injury attorney. However, before she puts down a retainer she may want to consider her likelihood of winning a lawsuit.

Too many people wrongly believe that if they are simply injured in an accident, they can sue someone (or blame someone) for the accident. But that's not always the case.

Instead, a plaintiff in a personal injury case usually has to show that the injury was foreseeable. So not every freak slip and fall can lead to legal liability. Instead, some accidents are simply accidents and no one is responsible.

In the San Diego shower case, the woman's landlord may be liable for damages if the window was placed in an area where someone could easily have fallen through. However, if it took a freak set of circumstances for a grown woman to fall out of the shower and through the shaft, a court will likely find that the injury was unforeseeable.

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