It’s always unfortunate when a simple trip to the store or out for lunch ends up in an injury. Most falls result in scrapes or bruises. But if you’re not lucky, depending on how you fall and where the impact is, you could end up with permanent damage. When falls happen in public places, many people don’t realize that they could possibly be entitled to compensation if a business is responsible for the fall that caused the injury. If you were injured in a fall and believe that someone else was responsible for it, call Elstein Legal to set up a free consultation today.
Causes of Slip and Falls in Hialeah
Every business that allows customers inside operates under a set of state and federal guidelines to maintain a safe environment for everyone on the property. When the business owner or employees fail to keep it safe, they could be held liable for their negligence. Here are some common factors involved in falls at businesses:
- Slippery floors: Wet floors are some of the biggest culprits in slip and fall cases, but sometimes they are difficult to prove liability in. To hold a business accountable, you would have to prove that there was no warning posted alerting customers of a wet floor, or that a spill went uncleaned by employees for a significant length of time.
- Floor mats: Floor mats are useful for providing something absorbent near entrances to buildings when it’s raining, or providing texture when floors can be slippery. But when they’re not properly maintained, they can be a big liability. If the mat gets bunched up or is worn and curling up on the edges, it’s a fall waiting to happen.
- Trash or other things on the floor: Employees of any establishment where customers are walking around should be checking the floors periodically to make sure they’re clear of debris. Even something as small as a scrap of paper is a fall risk and can result in serious injury.
- Poor lighting: Businesses are required to have adequate lighting where people are walking. Dark areas make for poor visibility and can cause falls.
- Uneven pavement: Property owners are required to ensure that their sidewalks and parking lots provide a safe surface for people to walk on. Pavement that’s cracked and crumbling poses a big fall risk.
How a Hialeah Personal Injury Law Firm Can Help
It is possible to file an injury claim against a business on your own. But unless you have an extremely clear-cut, obvious liability case, it’s easier said than done. Business owners and their legal team will do whatever they can to absolve themselves of any fault for injuries that happen on their property. It can also be tricky to prove that things like spills or debris on the floor were there for long enough that employees should have reasonably known about it. Another challenge is the legal paperwork involved with filing the claim, which can be difficult to understand if you’re not a legal expert.