Obtain Legal Help to Prove a Business was Negligent After a Slip and Fall Accident
When slip and fall accidents occur on a property open to the public, the premises owner could be considered liable for the injuries that occur. Businesses owe customers and guests a duty of care to ensure their safety while they are on the premises.
Examples of the safety precautions business have a responsibility to uphold include the following:
- Safe surfaces. All floors, sidewalks, parking lots and driveways should be safe for walking. If a floor has been recently washed, there should be “caution” signs nearby to let customers know of the hazard. If there are cracks, potholes or uneven areas in pavement, the business must take reasonable steps to warn customers and get the problem fixed as soon as possible.
- Safe staircases. Any staircases in a building should have sturdy handrails at an appropriate height and should have stairs that are not too shallow or steep.
- Sufficient lighting. The entire store, as well as the parking lot and area surrounding the building, should be properly lit to ensure customers are able to see where they’re walking and avoid tripping. Outdoor lighting at night can also help prevent potential criminal activity.
- Removal of debris. Any debris that falls onto a floor or sidewalk should be removed quickly so that it does not become a safety hazard for unsuspecting customers who are walking through the area.
- Proper signage for forbidden areas. If there are areas that customers are not allowed to go, businesses are required to have signs alerting them to the issue. Otherwise, they could be held responsible for any injuries that occur to customers in those areas.
If you’ve suffered an injury after falling at a business and the property owner failed to meet any of these safety guidelines, speak with an experienced Tampa premises liability attorney at the Matassini Law Firm, P.A. Call us at 813.379.2007 or contact us online today to schedule a free consultation.