Slip and fall accidents are more common than you think.
It’s easy to underestimate the damage a fall can cause until you experience one firsthand. A serious fall can cause broken bones, deep lacerations and brain trauma. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, slips and falls account for 1 million emergency room visits each year.
Most of these accidents are preventable. They often happen when property owners do not perform basic maintenance, forget to fix hazards, or fail to warn customers about potential dangers such as wet floors.
If you were injured in a slip and fall accident in Alabama, turn to Morris Bart & Associates, LLC. You may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and non-economic damages.
A Mobile accident lawyer will gather evidence, review CCTV camera footage, interview witnesses and help you recover the highest possible compensation. Call 800-537-8185 today to schedule a free consultation.
If you own a home or business, here are three tips to help you prevent slip and fall accidents on your property:
Clean Your Property Regularly
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration reminds business- and homeowners that a regular cleaning routine will reduce the risk of falls. You should be particularly vigilant if you own a business that is prone to slipping or tripping hazards such as a restaurant or convenience store.
In addition to keeping your property organized, you must clean unexpected hazards promptly and warn customers about potential dangers. If you do not resolve hazards in a reasonable amount of time or warn customers about them, then you may be liable for any injuries that result.
These guidelines also apply to office settings and other work environments. According to the NFSI, slips and falls are the primary cause of days off work. Make sure all walkways are clear of debris and there are no loose rugs or mats on the floor. Also, inspect your carpet to ensure there are no curling corners or edges.
Evaluate the Flooring
Many commercial properties have tile flooring. In residential homes, tile is common in kitchens and bathrooms. Unfortunately, all it takes is a small spill to create a dangerous slip and fall hazard.
If you own a home, make sure your family understands the dangers of wet tile floors. If you own a business, establish a floor-inspection routine so you catch potential dangers before they cause an injury.
Many businesses are installing non-slip floors to prevent injury lawsuits. If this is not in your budget, consider coating your floors with an abrasive paint. You can also prevent slips in small areas by placing a carpet, mat or abrasive strips for better traction.
Encourage Appropriate Footwear
There’s a reason why so many stores refuse to serve customers who aren’t wearing shoes: Walking barefoot can increase the risk of slipping. In some work environments, such as hospitals or restaurants, it is best for employees to wear shoes with slip-resistant soles to prevent slips and falls.
If you suffered an injury on a commercial property in Alabama, contact Morris Bart & Associates, LLC. An accident lawyer in Mobile will handle the legal aspects of your claim while you focus on recovering from your injuries.
Our firm has been representing the injured for more than 30 years. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free consultation.