Business owners have a duty and an obligation under local, state, and federal laws to maintain their facilities to ensure the public’s safety and to keep their premises clear of any hazardous conditions that reasonably might give rise to the damage. If you have been involved in a slip, trip or fall incident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses. These damages include loss of wages, pain, and suffering, and medical bills. Contact the firm of Penrod Swenson for a free consultation.
Suppose you are injured due to a property owner or a business establishment failing to provide a safe environment. In that case, you have a right to bring a claim for various damages incurred due to your injury. Depending on the state, damages include medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages.
There are a number of examples of slip and fall injuries that can occur. These accidents can happen at any time and often result in serious injuries. If you have been involved in a slip and fall accident, it is important to contact a slip and fall attorney as soon as possible.
Some common examples of slip and fall accidents include:
Wet floor accidents. These often occur in public places with a lot of foot traffic, such as grocery stores or shopping malls. The floor may be wet from spilled liquids, or there may be water or other fluids on the floor that still need to be cleaned up.
Tripping hazards. This can include objects left in walkways, such as boxes or cords. It can also include cracks, uneven surfaces in sidewalks, flooring, or corners of carpet or flooring not secured or flat.
Escalator and elevator accidents. These accidents often occur when someone trips or falls on or off an escalator or elevator.
Harsh weather conditions such as rain, ice, and snow are notorious for creating safety issues when proper measures are not taken. Business owners are responsible for ensuring snow and ice are cleared from pathways and areas people need to access to eliminate the risk of injuries. Items like rugs should also be available to prevent slippery floors from entering from wet outside conditions.
Poor or broken lighting can also contribute to an accident. If proper lighting is far from an area that may be uneven, cracked, or have a hazard around, it may help claim compensation.