Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents in Retail Stores

slip-fallA fall in a retail store or restaurant can come at any time. What should have been a quick grocery shopping trip can turn into a painful accident that requires extensive medical care and time off work.

While such an incident happens in the blink of an eye, getting you the compensation you deserve can take much longer. At our firm, we strive to get our clients compensation as quickly as possible while still protecting all of their rights.

There are numerous hazards that could cause a slip in fall in a retail store or restaurant. When business owners fail to take proper care to provide a safe environment for customers, they risk the health of everyone. It is important to hire an attorney to keep these businesses accountable.

In our legal practice, we see many hazards, again and again, that cause slip and fall accidents. These include:

  • Uneven surfaces. A business owner has an obligation to provide a business that has reasonably even surfaces. There may be small variations in the surface, but there are safety standards in place that set how large the variation can be. Larger variations in surface height must be marked. Floors and flooring materials contribute directly to more than two million fall injuries each year.
  • Slippery surfaces. If a business owner has allowed water or some other liquid to pool on the floor, this can create a tripping hazard. Also, non-slip surfaces should be affixed where appropriate.
  • Poorly lit areas. Dark stairwells or burned out light bulbs can lead to a person falling. Passageways should be easily navigable during day and night.
  • Tripping hazards. Some businesses do not take proper care to provide areas that are free of tripping hazards. Common tripping hazards include electrical cords, rugs, and large displays.
  • Missing or faulty handrails. In most jurisdictions, there are codes that require that a handrail be present on stairs or ramps. Even so, not every business complies. Also, handrails tend to get worn down over time and can give out. Stairs are an especially dangerous place to fall.

Contact an Orland Park, IL Slip and Fall Attorney

If you have been injured in any way from a slip and fall at a business, you should not suffer uncompensated. Slip and fall accidents can cause serious injury that you should not be on the hook for.

Our attorneys will work hard to get you the compensation you are entitled to under the law. We understand what needs to be proven in court, and we will make sure your case is as strong as possible. To get in touch with a Cook County slip and fall lawyer at our firm, call 708-633-6005.

 

Source:

https://www.ishn.com/articles/83435-studying-the-causes-of-slips-trips-and-falls

https://nfsi.org/nfsi-research/quick-facts/

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