Winter has been rough on our are this year. It seems like we are bombed with more wintery weather just when we think it is about to warm up. We know that there are many things to be careful about when the snow and ice hit, but one thing many people forget is that the floors inside of businesses and other locations maybe a little more slippery.
It is vital that property owners and employees keep floors as dry as possible in order to keep their patrons safe. If they knowingly allow water to accumulate, they could be held liable for injuries that occur. If you need a Pittsburgh trip and fall attorney, please contact SMT Legal today so we can begin work on securing the compensation you deserve.
Securing The Premises
Property owners have a duty to ensure that their premises are safe for anyone who has a right to be on the property. This extends to business owners, government property, and even private residences. Preventative maintenance and training are important steps to take.
All employees should be vigilant when it comes to keeping floors dry. Slip and fall incidents are the most common type of premises liability case. We know that they account for more than one million emergency room visits annually.
What can happen because of a slip and fall incident?
Many people do not think these types of accidents can cause major injuries. Nothing could be farther from the truth. When a person slips unexpectedly, they can fall with so much force that major injuries occur. These can include:
The elderly are at a particularly high risk of suffering from detrimental injuries that can leave them permanently disabled. Medical bills from slip and fall injuries can reach into the tens of thousands of dollars. Without insurance coverage, this can result in financial devastation for victims.
When the weather outside is rainy, snowy, or icy, both patrons and store employees alike should take steps to be safe. Entrances to buildings need to be monitored, mopped, and dried regularly to keep everyone safe. Wet floor signs need to be used to caution everyone coming and going through a hazardous location.
Your Next Phone Call
While not all slip and fall incidents are the fault of property owners, we know that in many cases their negligence plays a role. If you or a loved one have fallen on someone else’s property and you think another person is to blame, please seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At SMT Legal, we know that you need to focus on healing. Let us work on securing compensation for the following:
- Your medical expenses
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Any income you lose if you cannot work
- Punitive damages