R&B singer Charmayne Maxwell died after slipping at her home in Los Angeles and falling on broken glass. According to FOX News (3.2.15), when Maxwell, 46, fell, she cut her throat on a drinking glass. TMZ (3.2.15) reported it was a wine glass.
Hours after the accident, Maxwell’s husband, producer Carsten “Soulshock” Schack, found her bleeding and called 911. She was rushed to a hospital where she died.
The R&B trio Brownstone made their debut in 1995 with “If You Love Me,” which was nominated for a Grammy. Their hits also included “Grapevyne.”
According to TMZ, the police did not suspect foul play. Apparently the evidence pointed to her falling backward at the doorway between the house and the back patio while she was holding a wine glass. During the fall, the glass shattered on the ground behind Maxwell’s head, and the shards of glass punctured the back of her neck when she hit the floor.
Slip and fall accidents occur all the time. Rarely, however, will someone die as Charmayne Maxwell did. More common injuries after a slip and fall accident include fractures, broken bones, head trauma, hip injuries, herniated disks and neck and back injuries. Slip or trip and fall accidents injure thousands of people each year.
People may trip or slip on a wet floor, a defective staircase or uneven ground. Sometimes the property owner is responsible for the accident, and sometimes he or she is not. Some general rules help determine whether someone else was at fault for another person’s slip or trip and fall injury.
- The property owner or an employee must have caused the dangerous condition with a spill, worn or torn spot, or other slippery or dangerous surface or item.
- The property owner or an employee knew or must have known of the dangerous condition but done nothing to fix or repair it
- The property owner or an employee should have known of the dangerous surface because a “reasonable” person in his or her position would have discovered the dangerous condition and removed or repaired it.
Liability in a slip and trip case is often decided by common sense. Slip and fall accident victims who require extensive medical care, have lost a lot of time and income from work due to injuries, and experience a decreased quality of life may seek a settlement from the negligent party. An experienced lawyer can be helpful for the advice and guidance they can offer regarding the personal injury claims process.
The FOX News story cited is “Brownstone singer Charmayne Maxwell dies in freak accident.”
The TMZ story cited is “Brownstone Singer Death by Wine Glass Was Freaky But No Signs of a Crime.”