The last thing you expect when you go into a store is that you are going to slip and fall. Why should the patron have to watch out for wet floors or dangerous surfaces? However, we know that these incidents happen. Today, we want to talk about one grocery chain that is taking steps to prevent these accidents from ever happening in the first place.
At the SMT Legal, we are going to be here for you when you need a slip and fall lawyer in Pittsburgh. Let us get to work on securing the compensation you deserve.
What We Know
When you walk into the store, the only thing on your mind is getting the items you need and getting out. However, slip and fall incidents do happen and most grocery store owners just count them as the cost of doing business. However, Redner’s Markets has worked hard to cut down on these incidents in their stores. In fact, they have all but eliminated them.
Redner’s has a checklist for each store when it comes to safety. This list includes:
- Safety Walks
- Clean all floors and record cleanings in a log
- Use adhesive-backed mats
- Use mats that are the right size
- Ensure the store has good lighting
- Listen to employees
- Monitor hidden hazards like food temperatures that can cause meltwater to accumulate on the floor
Most people never think about how badly slip and fall incidents can hurt someone. However, we know that slip and fall incidents commonly cause the following injuries:
Elderly patrons are at higher risk of major injuries, but anyone can be harmed. Slip and fall incidents lead to around one million people seeking treatment in hospitals each year according to the National Floor Safety Institute. Common causes of these incidents include:
- Floors wet from spills or leaks
- Low-lying obstacles such as boxes or open shelving
- Loose carpeting
- Loose floorboards or stairs
- Uneven walking surfaces
If more property owners put the procedures in place that Redner’s has used, patrons would be safer. If you experience a slip and fall incident, seek medical attention immediately. If possible, document the scene and cause of the fall with your phone and make sure you report the incident to store employees or management.
What We Can Do Now
You should never have to go through an injury due to the negligence of a property owner or someone who works for them. Unfortunately, we know that these incidents happen. At the SMT Legal, we are ready to step in and work on securing the compensation you need for all of your injury-related expenses. This can include:
- Compensation for your medical bills
- Lost wages and benefits if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Possible punitive damages