How To Prevent Slip And Fall Injuries Before They Happen

With winter around the corner, you can be sure that we will see more rain, ice and even snow. Winter also means that there is a greater chance of slip and fall accidents. If you are a business owner or work in a business that has a lot of foot traffic, there are things that you will want to do so that you can prevent slip and falls cases from occurring. Most of these simple steps are pretty obvious yet go unattended or unnoticed most of the time. A little extra care can save you and your company a lot of money.

Good Housekeeping

This step is as easy as taking a mop to the tile every couple of hours and putting up a wet floor sign. Keeping your place of business clean and organized is one of the easiest ways to prevent accidents occurring. Also, if you have rugs or carpet in your business, make sure that they are always laying flat so that someone who has their eyes on something else will not trip and fall.

Keep Things Dry

As stated above, with the weather changing there will be a lot of water tracked in. When customers walk into your store after being in the rain or snow, they are more concerned about drying off their hair and clothes than watching where they are walking. If the entrance is slippery and your guests are not warned they can end up on the floor faster than you can say “lawsuit”.

Get Rid Of Ice

Although it may not happen in Atlanta very often, snow and freezing rain do happen. Business owners are required to provide safe passage from their car to the front door. Laying down ice melt is super easy and not all that expensive. You can even hire a snow removal company to remove the snow and put down ice melt. Yes, it may track into your store, but is it worth a lawsuit? Take the time to provide a safe experience to your store.

Lighting

A light bulb isn’t all that expensive. When a light goes out, make it a best practice at your store to replace the bulb right away. If a guest cannot see where he/she is going, it has the potential to be disastrous. Even if a light bulb costs you 10 dollars, it is cheaper than the court fees and penalties that you will end up paying.

If you find yourself being injured after a slip and fall at a business, call the personal injury lawyers at James A. Rice today.

Which Personal Injury Case Do You Have?

Let’s give you an example: You are a young person in college, delivering pizza for some cash. It is a cold day and there is melting snow on the ground. You drive to your customer’s house and go to ring the doorbell. Except, without noticing the frozen sheet of ice, you slip and fall directly onto your knees instead of reaching the bell. Is there a crime here? Depending on how badly you are injured, the answer to this question is yes.

Slip and Fall

There is a slip and fall case here. This means that you were injured because of there was a failure to warn or clean up something that can potentially be dangerous. In the example above, the homeowner failed to put ice melt down on their porch to prevent a fall from occurring. If you were able to document the fall with either a trip to the hospital or with your work, you may be able to get compensation for your injury.

Worker’s Comp

If for whatever reason the slip and fall case fails, there is also a case here for worker’s compensation. Although you were on someone else’s property, you were still on the clock at the pizza place. Federal law requires business to provide worker’s comp for its employees for just this reason. If the fall made it hard for you to drive or walk, you would be without an income for the length of your recovery. With worker’s comp, you would be able to get a supplement for your lack of income.

Whether your story is like our example or something different call the personal injury lawyers at James A Rice today to see if your case is warranted.

Slip And Fall Cases: 101

When you leave your house, there is the potential for an accident everywhere. You risk your life every time you get in the car and drive to your destination. What is more dangerous is that you could slip and fall anywhere you go. It is more dangerous when it has been raining or snowing. Most companies or property owners have security procedures put in place to keep us all safe but sometimes this doesn’t work. A person can place all the security cameras or railings around the premises and you can still get hurt. This is why there are slip and fall laws holding the property owner accountable for your injury.

Were they negligent?

This is a very important question to ask yourself before you threaten to take the property owner to court for a slip and fall case. Did the owner knowingly let their patrons walk up icy, snow covered steps? Or did you trip over your own shoe on their perfectly straight and manicured steps. The reason this is important to ask is because you will have to prove without a shadow of a doubt that the property owner was negligent. They have to deliberately not take action when they see potential danger whether it is ice on the steps or a banana peel that another patron dropped a short time before you got there.

Proving Fault

As attorneys we know that when it comes to money, people will do and say whatever they need to not to have to not pay up. The typical defense property owners use is that any reasonable person would have seen the ice or the banana peel and made the choice to use caution or walk around it. Our job is to prove that you did not have this option. That you didn’t notice the peel or that you only had the one door to enter and no matter how much caution was used, you still fell and hurt yourself. The most important thing to prove in court is if the property owner could have prevented the accident in the first place. It may be obvious, but sometimes it’s not black and white. The ice on the stairs scenario is clear. The owner definitely could have done something to prevent the accident before patrons started coming. The banana peel scenario is not so clear. How long was that peel there? It could have been there for days or it could have been dropped by the patron that walked in before you. Unless there are security cameras around, proving fault will be extremely hard. That’s where the personal injury lawyers at James A. Rice come in.

At James A. Rice, we believe in getting you every dime that you deserve. We will dedicate ourselves to finding evidence to prove that the property owners fault and not your own as many lawyers will have you believe. You are entitled to monetary compensation for your injury and we want to help you get what you need.

6 Steps to Take Following a Slip and Fall Accident

Atlanta Property Owners Have a Responsibility to Patrons

Property owners and landlords, property managers and any place of business in Atlanta, including grocery stores, shopping malls, gas stations, restaurants and bars, hotels, etc., all have a responsibility to their visitors and customers to maintain their properties in a reasonably safe condition so as to prevent potential accidents.

Slip and fall cases typically fall under the broader category of “premises liability” claims, because these types of accidents usually occur on property, or premises, owned or maintained by someone else. In such case, the owner or manager of the property may be held legally responsible for the accident.

After a slip and fall accident, your first steps are critical if you hope to pursue an injury claim. In winning this type of claim, the burden of proof is on you as the injured person and that means you must prove not only that there was a dangerous condition that caused you to fall but also that the property owner or manager was aware of the condition.

To that end: Report the slip and fall accident to the property owner or manager.

Document Everything about your Slip and Fall

The more you remember about the accident and record in detail, the more quickly the case will move along within the court system. Including the following will assist you in proving fault:

  1. What were the circumstances that caused you to fall?
  2. Did a dangerous condition exist at the time of your fall?
  3. Were there any defects/objects present that caused you to fall?
  4. Was there any warning sign to alert you to potential danger?

See your Doctor Immediately. Although your injuries may seem minor, for both your health and your legal case, you should be checked out immediately. Provide your doctor with as much detail as possible and add the doctor’s notes and medical paperwork to your evidence records.

Contact Your Attorney. While there is no definitive way to determine when someone else is legally responsible for your injuries if you slip and fall, the staff at the Rice Firm has extensive experience in this type of claim – both in filing claims against property owners at fault and in defending claims filed against a property owner.

If you or someone you know has been involved in an automobile accident in or around Atlanta, you should contact James Rice Law as soon as possible to understand your rights; contact us or call 404-255-4448 to learn more.