Retailers in Georgia and around the country tend to view slip-and-fall accidents and the lawsuits that they give rise to as an inevitable part of doing business, but a Pennsylvania-based supermarket chain has virtually eliminated slip-and-fall injuries at its 57 warehouse and convenience stores by making both employee and customer safety a top priority. Redner's Markets has achieved this by adopting a comprehensive strategy that includes frequently checking store floors for spills or other hazards, providing all workers with thorough safety training and placing adhesive-backed floor mats in high-risk areas.
Georgia residents should know about a study from Purdue University that states that trips and falls are more frequent among young adults than the elderly. Researchers had a group of 94 college students (average age 19) respond to a daily online survey asking if they had tripped in the past 24 hours. The study period was four months, and the response rate was 93 percent.
Falls represent one of the most common reasons why a person would visit an emergency room in Georgia. Nationally, falls accounted for more than eight million visits to an emergency room while slip and fall accidents accounted for more than a million. Inadequate floors or flooring material causes up to two million injuries from falls per year. Those who fall can experience serious injuries, and 5 percent of people who fall experience a fracture of some sort.
A slippery floor may result in a person falling while at a friend's house or while walking in an office building. It is also possible to trip on stairs or slip on a parking lot that hasn't been cleared of ice and snow. Falls can be especially dangerous because they can happen at any time and to any person regardless of what they are doing.
Those who frequent Georgia supermarkets know that the floors can sometimes be slippery. Floors generally get slick when dish soap, water or some other liquid falls on them. However, other types of debris can also make a floor hazardous to walk on. In an effort to mitigate a potentially dangerous condition, grocery stores use mats or other surfaces that offer more grip. Stores may also try to keep floors dry by mopping and waxing them as needed.
If an individual gets hurt from a fall that occurs while on another party's property, he or she may have a legal claim. Typically, such cases that are brought forth in Georgia are negligence claims. This means that the defendant was not intentionally trying to hurt the plaintiff. How a case is settled depends on the severity of the injury and the amount of the damages incurred.
While athletes in Georgia may have reason to be concerned about suffering sports injuries on the field, sometimes those damages can come as a result of a slip-and-fall accident rather than as part of the activity itself. One example is the case of Canadian tennis player Eugenie Bouchard, who suffered a head injury after slipping and falling on a locker room floor at the 2015 U.S. Open tennis tournament. She ultimately settled a liability lawsuit over the incident with the United States Tennis Association in February.
Property owners in Georgia and around the country can face lawsuits when their visitors suffer injuries that could have been prevented. All reasonable steps are expected to be taken to protect visitors, and premises liability actions could be initiated when injuries are caused by spills that are not cleaned up in a timely manner, poorly maintained steps or walkways or inadequate security arrangements. However, there are steps that business owners can take to make this kind of litigation less likely.
While people in Georgia may be aware of the risks that are posed to seniors who slip, trip or fall, they might not be aware that younger people are likelier to have these types of accidents. A recent study revealed that more than half of college-age people fall while an estimated 33 percent of older adults do.
Georgia residents may be interested to learn that more than 1 million Americans every year suffer injuries after falling or tripping on the stairs. According to the American Journal of Emergency Medicine, all age groups are at risk for suffering injuries after falling or tripping on the stairs.