As this blog has discussed previously, landowners in New York, including owners of all types of businesses, have a duty to keep their business buildings safe and secure for their guests, including folks off the street who might just be stopping in on business. A part of this duty is to protect people from a slip and fall.
While one might not think of them all, there are a lot of ways in which a person can wind up taking a tumble while a guest at someone's business. Most if not all of these hazards are preventable or, at least, are capable of being minimized with a little care and caution on the part of the business owner.
By way of example, all kinds of different types of debris or fluid on a floor can cause a person to slip. The debris on the floor does not even have to be wet, as dust, powder and even plastic can also create enough slickness to cause someone to loose his or her footing. Even dry floors that have been heavily polished or just recently waxed can cause slipperiness and lead to accidents. Employers also need to fix uneven surfaces and lose rugs or flooring, as these can cause slips too.
Likewise, people can also trip for a number of reasons. One of the big causes of trips as items in a common walkway, including simple things like an electrical cord or a frayed piece of carpet or rug. Both slips and trips are also more common when the lighting in the area is not adequate or there is a lot of noise, enough to distract a person trying to walk.
As mentioned, many of these causes can be eliminated by an owner who simply repairs and cleans his or her business regularly. An inattentive owner, however, may well leave a customer or other business visitor vulnerable to falling and suffering a broken bone or a very serious injury as a result. When a preventable fall happens, the victim may be able to get compensation from the owner of the business where the fall happened.