When you visit a store or go to any type of business, you are likely not expecting that to be a dangerous or risky endeavor. You probably do not think about how simply running errands or doing something as simple as grocery shopping could result in your injury, but the reality is that slip-and-fall accidents are some of the most common sources of injuries in public places. It is the responsibility of Maryland property owners and managers to reduce risks in any way they can.
Property owners and managers should reduce the risk for visitors by eliminating hazards and taking all necessary steps to increase safety. They should address problems immediately and provide ample warning of any circumstances that could place you at risk while on their property. If you fell in a public place, you may assume that it is due to your negligence, but it could be due to negligent maintenance.
Stopping problems before they even start
The prevention of hazards and issues that could lead to slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accidents is not overly complicated. It requires attention and vigilance, as well as a focus on the care and safety of visitors to the property. Each property is different, but the following steps can be helpful for property owners who want to reduce risk to visitors, patrons and others:
- Do a thorough survey of the entire property, checking for hazards and making a list of possible issues that could lead to an accident.
- Look at lighting to ensure all bulbs are working properly, and make darker spaces brighter in order to increase visibility.
- Post ample signage that will make it easier for someone to navigate the property without an increased risk of injury.
- Plan for bad weather, including rain and ice, and have a way to keep visitors safe when conditions are less than ideal.
A few extra steps can eliminate issues that could pose a risk for those who are visiting the property.
What if you end up with an injury?
If you suffered an injury in a slip-and-fall accident, there are legal options available to you. While there is no way to reverse what you experienced, there are courses of action through which you can seek recovery and hold responsible parties accountable. An evaluation of your slip-and-fall injuries could reveal if a premises liability claim could be the ideal way to proceed.