People walk into stores, restaurants, and other buildings everyday, trusting that the owners and managers of such places will provide a safe environment for the customers and guests. Unfortunately, however, some store owners and managers place more emphasis on selling goods than protecting the buyers. What makes shopping in stores even more dangerous is that owners place products on the shelves to attract the customers’ attention. Because the customers’ attention is diverted towards the shelves, store owners have a duty to ensure that the floors are safe for customers to navigate. When people naturally walk around, they do not look down at each step they take. Rather, people scan their surroundings when walking around to look for hazards. But, when attractive store shelves divert customers’ attention from this usual scanning, a small spill or other hazard on the floor can have disastrous consequences when a customer slips or trips on it. In fact, according to OSHA and the National Safety Council, over 500,000 slip-and-fall incidents requiring hospitalization occur in North America every year.
If you have been injured by slipping or tripping over something at a business, please contact Ahlander Injury Law for a free consultation to see what compensation you may be entitled to.