Slip-and-Fall Accidents

If you’ve ever been in a grocery store, restaurant, or any other public place, chances are that you have spent some time around a “caution when wet” sign. The yellow warning sign does more than alerting customers of a potentially wet floor; it can also reduce liability on behalf of the business.

Slip-and-fall accidents are a common form of injury. A wet floor, a slippery rug, or worn-out carpet can all increase the chances of someone injuring themselves during a fall. Pregnant women, toddlers, and the elderly face a higher risk of injury if they fall, as well as being more likely to fall. Even though the majority of slip-and-falls are accidents, there are a few cases in which the business can be held liable for the injuries.

If the owner of a business or an employee caused a spill, torn or worn spot, or placed an instruction in the way of foot traffic, they can likely be held liable, even if it was an accident. Employees have to be reasonably responsible to ensure public safety, and oftentimes this means cleaning up spills or moving objects that could cause a person to trip.

Another way a business can be held liable is through their lack of action. If the owner or an employee knew about a spill or other danger and did nothing to clean it up or warn the public, it’s probable that they will shoulder the blame for the fall.

Finally, any reasonable employee or owner of the premises should know about the spill or obstruction. It is their responsibility to maintain a safe environment, and by not doing so, they are to be held accountable for any injuries that occur as a result of their negligence. Common sense should be used by any person working in the place where the incident occurred, and this is the basis for negligence claims.

Comparative negligence is often used in cases regarding a slip-and-fall accident. Could the person who fell just have been totally unaware of their surroundings? If so, it is possible that reasonable precautions would not have benefitted them. In order to make a claim against a business, the victim must prove that the business was comparatively more responsible for the fall than they were. If the victim was in a location they were not supposed to be, or if a reasonable person could have avoided the dangerous area, there is an argument that the victim is likely at fault. Going back to the yellow “caution when wet” sign, reasonable measures that alert the public to any dangerous can absolve the business of liability when it comes to someone getting injured. If the company is at fault but refuses to accept responsibility, firms like Hammack Law Firm can represent the victims and go after the business, ensuring that the medical expenses of the victim are covered by the business or restaurant who caused the fall.

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