According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) slip and fall injuries cost millions of dollars a year in medical, lost wages and lost production. The NFSI also found that:
- Falls account for over 8 million hospital emergency room visits. These falls represent the leading cause of visits.
- Each year one of every three persons over the age of 65 will experience a fall and the incidence of falls goes up with each decade of life.
- Over 60% of nursing homes residents will fall each year.
Contact Ponton Law today at 404-418-8507 if you have been injured in a slip and fall accident. We have the experience to help identify the liable party and get you and your family the compensation that you deserve for your injuries.
Protect Yourself Against Wet Floors
Wet floors cause a lack of friction which leads to slipping. However, there are some measures that you can take to help protect yourself.
You should always consider wearing proper footwear. Shoes or boots with sufficient grip are important when wet floors are present. For example, those working in kitchens can expect fluids to be spilt onto the floor and should wear footwear that will give the most traction.
Try to be aware of your surroundings. Being aware of your surroundings is important to ensuring that you can properly identify the warning signs of hazardous conditions. Remove distractions when possible. For example, walking while texting is a distraction that can cause you to fail to identify wet floor conditions.
Get the proper support if needed. Many people find it necessary to move about with extra support such as a cane. Seek help or use whatever support you need if mobility is difficult for you. Do not attempt to move around, especially on wet floors, if you do not have the proper support.
Where are Wet Floor Slip and Falls Most Likely to Occur?
While a slip and fall injury can happen anywhere they are especially likely to occur on wet floors. Businesses must pay special attention to conditions that can cause a floor to become wet.
Grocery Stores. Grocery stores are susceptible to having wet floors because aisles are lined with liquid goods such as milk, soda, detergents, etc. When a spill occurs, the store must respond immediately to ensure that customers remain safe while doing their shopping.
Fast Food Restaurants. Fast food restaurants often cater to families with small children and to people wanting their food as quickly as possible. This can lead to spills and other unsafe conditions. Like grocery stores, a fast food restaurant must respond quickly to wet floors to ensure that customers can dine and order food safely.
Public Restrooms. For safety reasons, public restrooms should be cleaned on a regular basis. This includes mopping and disinfecting the floors. However, cleaning crews should put the public on notice that the floors are being cleaned and that they are wet.
Business Entryways. Businesses, especially those located in areas that receive snow or rain, must ensure that entryways are kept dry and free of debris. Snow or rain can be tracked into the business by employees and customers but these conditions must be managed effectively.
Hospitals and Nursing Homes. Those recovering from injuries or who are functionally more likely to be the victim of a slip and fall should be in places where safety is a priority. Unfortunately, accidents can happen in both hospitals and nursing homes due to wet floors and other slipping hazards.
Get the Legal Help You Deserve
Contact Ponton Law today at 404-418-8507 if you have been injured in a slip and fall. Our team of legal professionals will take the time to review your case and we will work hard to protect your rights through every phase of the legal process.