If you're a business owner, you probably already know that if a person
slips and falls at your business, you’re a prime target for a lawsuit.
And premises liability cases are bad for business.
Customer slip-and-fall incidents account for about 10 percent of small
business claims at an average price tag of $30,000, according to the Center
for Disease Control and Prevention. If the customer files a lawsuit, which
happens about 35 percent of the time in general liability claims, that
amount can easily increase to $75,000 or more.
Fortunately, there are steps that business owners can take to protect their
business and customers. At a minimum, consider buying a basic commercial
general liability insurance policy. In the long run, it could end up saving
you tens of thousands of dollars. After you get insurance, here are some
best practices to prevent most workplace injuries and expensive liability claims:
Inspect. You and your employees need to diligently monitor potentially unsafe conditions
— in both individual workspaces and the property at large. Constant
vigilance might sound like a productivity killer, but all it really means
is being more aware of your surroundings. This way, any potential liabilities
can be detected
before employees or customers discover them the hard way.
Correct. If an unsafe condition is discovered (or even suspected), it must be corrected
immediately. Neither you nor your employees should assume that someone
else will clean up the spill or flatten the entryway mat. Establish clear
policies and procedures so your employees know what to do when it comes
to dangerous conditions.
Warn. If any unsafe conditions can’t be corrected immediately, you need
to display a conspicuous warning sign so customers and employees can avoid
the hazard until it’s fixed. The prominent use of “wet floor”
signs in areas that have been mopped during business hours is a good example
of a prudent warning.
When it comes to premises liability, the bottom line is this: If it’s
your business, it’s your responsibility. Stay alert for potential
dangers, and correct problems as soon as they crop up.
If you or your loved one has been injured in a slip and fall, it is crucial
to use an experienced personal injury attorney with an understanding of
complex regulations and Florida tort and liability law. Board Certified
Attorney Nadine Diaz, and the law offices of Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez,
has a complete Personal Injury team of lawyers, investigators, and paralegals
ready to defend your rights and get you compensation for your injuries
and lost wages. You can schedule a free appointment now to discuss your
case and there are no fees or costs unless we win a settlement for you.
To get free answers to your questions, or to schedule complimentary consultation
with a DDJ Personal Injury Attorney in Tampa, call toll-free 813-877-5548.