Slippery floors can be treacherous for patrons, consumers and guests. If you’ve ever had the feeling of the floor coming out from under you, you know just how easy it is to lose your balance on a slick or slippery floor. Slippery floors traditionally fall under premises liability law, which means, if you’ve been injured due to a fall on a slippery floor, you need to get in touch with a lawyer as soon as possible about your case. It’s not uncommon to have broken bones, traumatic brain injuries and even spinal cord problems after a particularly devastating fall on a slippery floor. If the property owner of manager knew about the slippery floor and failed to warn guests, you may be able to file a lawsuit to recover compensation for your injuries and expenses.
A slip and fall accident can happen just about anywhere. Grocery stores, retail locations and other properties all have the potential for slippery floors. That’s why it’s so important for managers, property owners and businessmen and women to be vigilant in their stores and offices. Nobody should ever slip and fall in a puddle of water or melted ice or some other type of substance that was just sitting around for ages. It’s up to business and property owners to police their public, and workspace areas for any potential hazards. If there are spills or other causes for slippery floors, they need to be addressed immediately. Whether that is from cleaning up or calling attention to the area with a sign, or both, business owners owe a reasonable duty of care to their patrons and employees.
Slippery Floor Situations
- Liquid spill in a grocery store
- Oil slick at an office park
- Unmarked spill in your office building
- Soda spill at a convenience store
- Previously mopped area not appropriately marked as wet
- Flooded bathroom area
Caution: Wet Floor
Property owners need to take the appropriate and timely actions to prevent slip and fall accidents where spills and slippery falls are concerned. In most cases, this involves calling attention to the area. If a spill or slippery area has been identified, it needs to be marked with a sign immediately, whether it’s cleaned up shortly before or after. A sign can alert customers, guests or workers in the area that there is a slippery area. This warning can save somebody from a painful injury. If your guests or employees can’t see a spill and don’t know to be aware of it, they’re walking into trouble. Liability and Slippery Floors
Slippery floors typically fall under premises liability. In most cases, the liability and burden of safety rests of the property or business owner. Property owners owe their employees and patrons a reasonable duty of care and safety. This means, you shouldn’t be subjected to unmarked slippery floors where you could become seriously injured. After any type of slip and fall injury, it’s essential to get in touch with a skilled personal injury attorney about your case. It’s important to determine if anything could have been done to prevent your injury, and if the property owner or some other third party was in any way responsible for the accident that caused your injury.
Initial accident expenses associated with a slip and fall accident are usually hospital bills. Depending upon the severity of you injury, you may have been transported to the hospital from the scene. You’re looking at the initial hospitalization and treatment expenses, as well as any rehabilitation and physical therapy costs that might be associated with your recovery. In addition to medical bills, you could also be facing lost wages from missing work. Perhaps, a loved one has had to miss work to take care of you. The initial hospitalization expenses of a slip and fall accident involving a slippery floor are just the tip of the iceberg.
After any type of injury sustained in a slippery floor accident, it’s a good idea to get with a personal injury attorney who has proven premises liability case experience as soon as possible. It’s important to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve for your injury, medical bills, lost wages and other expenses associated with this type of preventable accident. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a slippery floor in or around the Jackson Metro Area, contact the skilled and proven team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 265-7766 for a free case consultation today.
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