Wet Floors Mean Watch Out: Slip and Fall Accidents

By Mark T. Flickinger, JD on May 20, 2016

A wet floor sign near a mopWhen there is a wet floor at any kind of business or establishment that accepts visitors/customers, it's of the utmost importance that the issue be taken care of immediately. When the floor remains wet at a place of business, this can pose a serious slipping hazard to people on the premises.

Major injuries can occur from slips and falls due to wet floors, particularly if the floors are near stairs or ledges. People have been known to break bones, tear muscles, and even suffer from head trauma and brain injuries because of these kinds of accidents. That's why the legal team at Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton takes these matters seriously, helping the injured and their loved ones in the greater Provo area with premises liability lawsuits that hold negligent property owners accountable.

Potential Causes of Wet Floors

Some potential causes of wet floors may include the following:

  • Broken Items – If the establishment has beverages in containers or other kinds of liquids, a broken container can lead to liquid being all over the floor. This is especially worth noting in supermarkets, convenience stores, and other kinds of shops.

  • Accidental Spills – People may accidentally spill items at a premises, resulting in hazardous conditions. This includes fallen food and beverages at restaurants, spilled drinks at bars and lounges, and so forth.

  • Mopping and Cleaning – Mopping floors is part of regular upkeep and keeping your business looking its cleanest. When people mop an area, the residual liquid left behind can lead to a serious slipping hazard.

  • Moisture from Outdoors – Rain and snow don't always stay outside. People may bring in that outdoor moisture on their shoes, their umbrellas, and their coats. This is especially important to consider during long stretches of inclement weather.

  • Leaking Pipes – When pipes leak, water can get into places you don't want. It can do damage in floors, ceilings, and walls, and it can also leave dangerous puddles on the ground that can harm people.

How Businesses Can Protect Visitors/Customers

Businesses should be attentive to any kind of moisture that's been tracked onto the premises or any potential hazards on the premises itself.

Employees should keep their eyes open with regard to any spills or liquid at the business. If they see any puddles or liquid, they should address this immediately. Placing a "Wet Floor" sign where the liquid stands can prevent a number of serious injuries.

When rain or snow poses hazards, your best bet for business and property owners is to lay down absorbent mats at entrances to soak up the majority of the moisture people may bring in. Having umbrella bags available or an umbrella basket is also helpful for preventing serious harm from befalling people. It's also a good idea for employees to periodically dry mop the premises to remove any potentially harmful liquid from shoes and that may have dripped off of coats.

How Our Attorneys Can Help You

When businesses fail to do the above or take other reasonable steps to prevent serious bodily harm affecting people at a premises, it's important to speak with a skilled attorney about your case. We can help you obtain just compensation for serious harm and major injuries, holding negligent parties accountable for their poor choice of actions.

Speak with the Lawyers of Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton

To learn more about your legal options following a serious slip or fall accident, it's important that you contact our team of personal injury attorneys today. The legal team at Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton will help you seek justice in your time of legal need.

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