Wet Floors: A Common and Avoidable Cause of Slip and Fall Accidents

Jun 24, 2014 — by Gary Zucker
Tags: Slip And Fall Accidents Premises Liability Personal Injury

Wet Floors: A Common and Avoidable Cause of Slip and Fall Accidents

There are many kinds of hazards that may be present at a place of business. While consumers ought to be wary when they are on a premises, it really is the premises/business owner's responsibility to consider the safety of those on a property. If someone is injured as a result of a premises/business owner's negligence, it's important the the injured party seek legal representation. Skilled personal injury attorneys will work with you to ensure that you receive just compensation for injuries and losses.

Right now we would like to examine one common cause of injuries at businesses: wet floors. As you are about to see, there is plenty that can be done to address these matters.

The Hazards Posed by Wet and Slippery Floors

When there are wet floors at a business, this can lead to major slip and fall injuries. This is particularly true when it comes to places with tile, linoleum, or hardwood floors. The moisture may be the result of an accidental spill of some kind, or it may be caused by people bringing in moisture from outdoors (e.g., wet shoes, snow-covered shoes).

Places Where Wet Floors May Pose a Serious Problem

Some of the most common businesses that can have dangerous wet floors include supermarkets, drugstores, convenience stores, department stores, and hardware stores. Hospitals and clinics can also have major problems related to wet floors.

Preventing Wet Floors at Places of Business

In order to prevent major wet floors and slipping hazards at a place of business, there are several things that property owners and employees can do:

  • Have absorbent mats by front entrances (especially on rainy/snowy days)
  • Provide umbrella bags to customers as they enter
  • Have textured surfaces for greater traction in high-traffic areas
  • Periodically monitor aisles and hallways for potential spills

Ways to Address the Hazards Posed by Wet Floors

When an employee or a business owner notices a wet floor or a slipping hazard, it's important that the area be blocked from customer access. Simply placing a wet floor sign nearby helps prevent many potential injuries. An employee should take care to mop, clean, and dry the moisture as soon as possible to reduce the risk of any potential injuries.

How Our Lawyers Can Help with Your Needs

So many slipping accidents are avoidable if property owners and their employees remain attentive and exercise common sense. When failures of attention and common sense occur and someone is injured, that's when our personal injury, premises liability, and auto accident attorneys are here to help.

Our lawyers will seek just compensation for any injuries and losses that have been sustained. We have years of experience addressing premises liability cases and the unique legal matters related to these kinds of cases. Our expertise will eliminate many of the headaches that people experience when they attempt to negotiate these sorts of cases on their own.

Learn More About Litigation Following Serious Accidents

For more information on slip and fall accidents that are caused by wet floors and what your legal rights are in such instances of negligence, it's important to Gary A. Zucker & Associates, P.C.. Our lawyers will help you receive just compensation with these sorts of cases, and we will make sure the businesses/property owners are held accountable for irresponsible actions.

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