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Slip-and-fall accidents can often be avoided

The average California consumer has heard the intercom message "clean up on aisle two." To the consumer, it is simply noise; however, to the business owner it is a potential liability. Slip-and-fall accidents can present a serious problem for businesses.

Slip-and-fall accidents can be caused by spills on the floor, an uneven floor surface, loose flooring or any number of other apparently minor conditions. The average person should be aware of his or her surroundings and watch out for danger; however, this is not always possible. The average individual also assumes that property owners and/or their employees will maintain their property so as to prevent dangerous conditions from existing.

For example, when there is a spill, the area should be marked until it can be cleaned up. Likewise, loose flooring should be indicated and perhaps even blocked off until it can be repaired. At times, the problem has recently occurred and the property owner is not aware of it; at other times, the problem has been ongoing and the property owner has ignored it.

Slip-and-fall accidents can cause serious injury to those involved. Yet, not all slip-and-fall accidents are more than just a simple accident. However, if it appears that the property owner or individual responsible for the property was aware of the problem and did nothing to correct it, then the company could be liable. Additionally, if the problem has existed for a long enough period of time that those responsible for the property should have been aware of it, the company could be liable. When one is injured and the company appears to be at fault, a personal injury attorney can assist in taking the matter before the California courts.

Source: injury.findlaw.com, "Slip and Fall Accidents Overview", Accessed on Nov. 1, 2017

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