Black Friday is right around the corner, which means that shoppers will flock to stores in an attempt to score good deals on the items they plan on giving to loved ones this holiday season. The stores have had ample time to plan these sales -- so they should be able to keep shoppers safe. Unfortunately, there are stories of injured consumers each year on this day.
Fall is here, and it won't be long until the winter months bring with them frost, snow and ice. Sleet and snow make roads, walkways, outdoor staircases and other areas slick and dangerous, which is why it's important for businesses to do what they can to keep their premises safe.
Even though most people might not want to think about the snowy months that are coming, the reality is that they are right around the corner. Businesses need to start getting plans in place for dealing with this type of precipitation. Without having a plan in place, customers can suffer injuries due to slip-and-fall accidents.
When you're on another person's or business' property, it's usually assumed that they will keep that property safe for you. For example, if you go to a restaurant, you expect that the chairs you're seated in will be sturdy. You expect the ceiling fan to be attached correctly and for doors and heavy items to be secured.
The busy holiday shopping season isn't too far away, which means shoppers are going to start heading out to purchase gifts. Trying to remain safe in all the activity at the store is a challenge that can sometimes feel impossible. Stores have a duty to take proper safety precautions, but you might need to be especially vigilant during this season.
You're walking through the local grocery store, pushing your cart, when you suddenly feel your feet slipping out from under you. You try to catch yourself on the cart, but it just makes things worse. As the cart rolls away from you, you crash to the ground and fracture your hip.
Customers who venture into stores are often focused on the goods that are being offered. They likely aren't watching their feet as they walk around. For this reason, stores must ensure that they are keeping the floors free of debris. It takes more than just a quick sweep to make sure that this is done.
When you walk onto another person's property, you should immediately know that they're responsible for making sure their property is safe. Even if you're trespassing, there shouldn't be obvious hazards present.
You might think of slip-and-fall accidents as only occurring when there is snow or ice on the ground, but this is a big misconception. Even in the heat of summer, it is possible for someone to slip or trip and fall outdoors. There are several reasons that this can occur, so you should be prepared for them all if you are going to walk around.
When you rent a home, you expect your landlord to make sure it stays in good condition. It is his or her property, after all, and that comes with an obligation to make necessary repairs.