What could potentially make a business owner liable for your slip-and-fall accident?
Most people are familiar with the idea that a business owner is expected to keep the floor reasonably clean. You would probably expect a grocery store, for example, to be liable if they let melted ice cream collect on the floor and someone was injured when they slipped on it. However, there are plenty of other ways that a business owner could be liable for your slip-and-fall accident.
Some of the most common indoor hazards that lead to a slip-and-falls include:
- Missing warning signs when a floor has been freshly washed or waxed
- The overuse of wax on a tile floor
- Uneven treatments on a floor (like only waxing part of it)
- A slope in the floor that isn’t visible and made worse by a floor treatment
- Cracked or missing tiles in a floor
- Torn or worn-out, thready carpet that can catch a heel
- Bulging areas of carpet or loose tiles
- Rugs or welcome mats that have curled or have holes in them
- Stairs that need to be replaced because they are warped or worn on the edges
- Stairs that don’t have a non-skid surface or those that have been waxed
- Stairs with inadequate lighting or missing handrails
- Litter, misplaced items or tools and other items that are allowed to accumulate on a floor that might cause someone to trip
Often, the injuries from slip-and-fall accidents are far more serious than most people realize. A simple fall from standing height, for example, can end up leading to broken hips, ruptured discs in your back and complicated head injuries.
If you or your loved one fell due to one of the above conditions, you can talk to an attorney to learn more about your rights.