People who go into buildings expect that the floors will be cared for properly. They don’t expect that they are going to come across conditions that could lead to them suffering injuries. Unfortunately, not all businesses take this duty seriously. Instead, some use lax safety protocol.
There are many hazards that can lead to slip-and-fall accidents. The hazards you face start when you’re still in the parking lot. Uneven pavement and breaks in concrete, as well as improper lighting can lead to you tripping in the parking lot.
At the entrance of the building, the hazard you have to worry about is wetness at the entrance. It is especially important for businesses to have ways to keep the entryway as dry as possible. This might include using mats and fans. If they don’t have these measures, they should have a wet floor sign to alert patrons that there is a slippery surface.
Employees must also be careful to watch spills and trip hazards throughout the store. These must be cleaned up or moved immediately. If they can’t be, clear signage must be placed to warn customers.
When you do suffer a fall in a place of business, you need to fill out an accident report so that there is documentation of the incident. You’ll need to get medical care, so you can tie the fall to the injuries you suffered. From there, you might opt to seek compensation for the damages related to the accident. This is done in the civil court system, and it is subject to specific time limits.