Falls cause thousands of injuries in Georgia each year. According to insurance claims data, some of the most common types of accidents include falls on the same level, falls from a different level and falls from snow and ice, stairs, ladders, scaffolding and liquids or grease.
Safety experts say that fall injuries are prevalent because everyone is susceptible to the risk, and these accidents can occur in almost any type of setting. Common injuries associated with falls include sprains and strains, bruises and contusions, fractures, traumatic brain injuries and more.
However, there are a number of simple safety precautions business owners can take to help reduce the risk of falls on their properties. For the safety of customers and visitors, all pathways should be well lit and kept free of cords and other obstacles, such as rumpled carpets or mats. In addition, liquid spills should be mopped up as soon as possible. During winter months, outdoor sidewalks should be cleared of snow and ice. For the safety of workers, fall protection equipment should be provided for any employee working at a height of 4 feet or above. Workers should also be encouraged to wear slip-resistant shoes and watch where they are going at all times.
If a customer suffers a slip, trip or fall injury on a business property, they have the right to file a premises liability lawsuit in civil court. With the help of an attorney, it may be possible to show that the property’s owner did not maintain a safe environment for the public, which could lead to a financial settlement to cover damages. Examples of damages typically paid out in a premises liability suit include medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.