When you enter a public business, the possibility of getting hurt might just be the last thing on your mind. However, a mundane trip to the grocery store or an overnight stay at a hotel during your family vacation can end in serious injury when staff members are negligent about slip-and-fall hazards.
Businesses are liable for any slip-and-fall hazards that they have ample time and opportunity to address. By knowing some of the common risks to watch for, you can avoid injury on business premises or take appropriate action if you do become hurt.
Business owners are responsible for any spills or other situations that cause floors to be wet, slippery and dangerous. Additionally, staff must put up wet floor signs to warn customers and guests of recent cleaning.
Uneven floor panels, carpet tears and stairway hazards can all be extremely risky for patrons passing through heavily-trafficked areas. Staff members should also be quick to correct any upturned rugs, as these can also be tripping hazards.
Businesses also have premises liability for incidents that occur in the outdoor areas of the property. Owners and managers should enforce a policy of salting their sidewalks during icy winter weather to prevent slip-and-fall accidents in the parking lot or near building entrances.
While businesses can deny liability for circumstances that they have no control over, many slip-and-fall accidents are grounds for filing a claim against the owners. You can secure the compensation you need to treat a devastating slip-and-fall injury by building a strong case with your legal team.