When a Georgia resident goes into a store, a hotel, a restaurant or any other type of business, they certainly do not anticipate that they could be injured on the premises. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. For example, slip-and-fall accidents could occur, leading to significant injuries that could change a person’s life forever. Unfortunately, many slip-and-fall accidents could have been prevented if the property owner exercised due care.
First, floors should be kept clean and maintained. If something is spilled on the floor, it should be cleaned up promptly. If the floor is wet, due to people coming in from the rain or due to being recently waxed or polished, a “slippery when wet” sign should be placed in the slick area. If necessary, the entire wet area should be closed off. Also, carpeted areas should not have bulges, tears, curled edges or worn spots. Any of these conditions could lead to a slip-and-fall accident.
Stairs are another place that can be dangerous if not properly maintained. Round or worn steps could cause someone to slip and fall down. Stairways must also have handrails and be free of debris. Stairways that are dirty or cluttered could cause a person to trip and fall down.
Commercial property owners are tasked with keeping both the outside and the inside of their premises safe for patrons. They must be aware of conditions that could lead to a slip-and-fall accident and remedy these conditions as soon as possible. If they cannot promptly remedy the issue, they should at least put up signs warning patrons of the danger or close off the area from patrons.
Commercial property owners who fail to take these simple steps could face liability in a slip-and-fall accident. Therefore, those who are injured in slip-and-fall accidents that could have been prevented if the property owner exercised due care may want to learn more about their options for compensation.