Common Causes of Slip and Falls in Stores
Dangerous and hazardous public spaces cause slip and fall accidents and injure Americans every year—approximately one million such people end up in the emergency room seeking treatment. In stores, property owners have a duty to what the law calls their “business invitees.” Generally speaking, the owner of any business open to the public has to inspect the property for potentially hazardous conditions and take appropriate steps to otherwise safeguard the property. Unfortunately, property owners sometimes fall short. Maybe they were trying to cut corners or maybe they simply overlooked a problem. In any event, the result can mean serious injury to you or a loved one if a slip and fall accident occurs.
What Causes Slip and Fall Accidents in Stores?
According to the National Floor Safety Institute, hazardous walking surfaces are the biggest factor that leads to slip and fall accidents and injuries. There are many ways in which floors and other surfaces can be dangerous, including the following:
- Slippery spills are not cleaned up promptly, a recent mopping has not dried properly, or other conditions that leave wet floors. Legally, property owners generally need to have realistic procedures in place to prevent unsafe conditions or warn customers of possibly wet surfaces.
- Loose floorboards, uneven or damaged walkways can often lead to injury. These defects clearly need to be corrected by property owners as soon as possible or they can cause slip and falls.
- Improper responses to adverse weather conditions are notorious for causing slip and falls. Again, owners have to be aware of icy and wet conditions, including knowing indoor areas that tend to become wet and slippery and addressing the problem.
If You Have Been Injured in a Slip and Fall Matter, Get a Charleston Attorney Experienced in Slip and Fall Cases Right Away
Insurance companies make money by vigorously defending slip and fall injury claims and finding legal ways to not pay you for injuries, sometimes by denying they have done anything wrong, and sometimes by denying that you are injured at all. Contact the experienced and trusted Charleston injury attorneys at Hartman Law Firm LLC today to talk about your game plan. Call us at 843-300-7600 and so we can learn about your accident, and figure out how we can help.