Slip and Falls Are More Likely When Floors Are Wet

By Larry A. Tawwater on September 07, 2015

A wet floor sign in a lobbyAt the Tawwater Law Firm in Oklahoma City, we pride ourselves on our legal expertise and strong commitment to our clients. This is a key for premises liability lawsuits following injury at business establishments. These kinds of injuries cannot be tolerated given the duty that property owners have to visitors and customers.

Some of the most common injuries on another person's property involve slips and falls. Let's look at the dangers posed by wet floors in these kinds of accidents.

Wet Floors Should Be Marked as Soon as They Are Noticed

If there is a wet floor in a place of business, it's crucial that the floor is marked with a wet floor sign of some kind. Customers and visitors should be blocked from walking over that particular part of the floor in order to prevent injuries. This is just a common sense way of preventing serious harm from occurring.

Employees Should Take Note of Potential Slipping Hazards

Throughout the course of the day, it's not a bad idea to have employees walk through a premises to ensure that there are not hazards or potential dangers for visitors. This is a good way of identifying liquid on floors and quickly being able to mark the slipping hazard.

On Rainy Days, Businesses Need to Take Precautions

Rainy days means a higher potential for slips and falls at any property that has hardwood or linoleum floors. There are a number of things that a business can do to prevent serious injuries to visitors. For one, absorbent mats can be placed at entrances to help keep visitors or customers from tracking in too much moisture. It's also a potentially good idea to include an umbrella basket or umbrella bags for visitors so their dripping umbrellas do not create hazards throughout a property.

On rainy days, it's important to keep floors dry, which may mean additional attentiveness from employees to keep areas monitored and free from potential slipping dangers.

Leaks in Roofs or by Pipes Have to Be Accounted For

Sometimes the potential of a slip or fall has nothing to do with a dropped product or the weather outside. There may be an issue with a leak at the premises that results in a slipping hazard of some kind. A leaky roof or a burst/damaged pipe can both lead to serious harm if they are not dealt with. Once any problem such as this is noticed, employees need to block these areas off and inform management so the issue can be addressed as soon as possible.

Property Owners Have a Duty to Consider

Property owner need to remain attentive and ensure anyone at the premises is safe from harm. This can be done through a number of common sense actions as noted above. This is something that should simply never be taken for granted.

How Premises Liability Attorneys Can Help You

If the negligence of a property owner has led to an injury for you or a loved one, our attorneys will be able to fight diligently for you and your needs. Our expertise will be crucial for you in your time of legal need, and we will fight diligently to ensure the negligent property owner is held accountable.

Learn More About Premises Liability Lawsuits

For more information about your legal rights after a serious injury accident, it's important that you contact our team of personal injury lawyers today. The legal team at the Tawwater Law Firm will fight for you and your legal rights every step of the way.

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