Improper Care of Premises Can Lead to Injury
Posted on October 1st, 2012 by Zane Cagle
Premise liability isn’t something that most people think about. They wake up in the morning, drink their coffee, head to work, go to school, run errands, eat dinner out and come home without ever thinking of whether or not they are safe. There are some areas of town that may be avoided due to crime or an obvious construction site that you wouldn’t let your children play in – but overall people expect their place of business, school, shops and restaurants to be safe environments. Unfortunately this is often not the case.
Premises can be unsafe for a variety of reasons – some caused by simple neglect, others from a lack of caring or concern. According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission floors and flooring material contribute to over 2 million falling accidents per year. Since every business you frequent will have flooring there are accident opportunities waiting to happen everywhere you go. While this is only one example there are simple things to watch for so that you can avoid being in a situation that could cause an accident.
Here are some tips to keep you safe:
- Lighting. Is the business, school or other facility adequately lit? If you see burnt out bulbs and poor lighting it could be a sign of other neglect and a place you do not want to frequent.
- Security. A lack of security in public places can lead to increase crime and opportunities for you to get hurt. If your local shopping mall does not have security consider shopping elsewhere.
- Construction. Many buildings undergo renovations. While this is commonplace it can lead to injuries from not properly containing the worksite or a lack of warning signs. If you see construction taking place consider using a different business until it is complete.
- Elevators. If elevators are not maintained they can pose a danger and accident risk. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration requires that elevators meet certain safety requirements and obtain the necessary permits. When you enter an elevator look for the appropriate permit to be displayed. If it is not there consider taking the stairs.
- Broken play equipment. Children love to play at the park. As a parent you need to make sure that the play equipment is in proper working order. Check for broken pieces, loose railings, or rusted metal to ensure that the park you visit is safe for the children.
Following the tips above will help to reduce your risk from suffering a personal injury due to unsafe premises. Some accidents, however, cannot be avoided. In the event that you are injured call The Cagle Law Firm to learn more about your rights and how we will fight to protect them – making sure you receive the financial compensation necessary to pay for expenses related to your injury and full recovery. Hiring an attorney to address premise related accidents is not only important for you, but also for everyone else. If a city continues to operate an unsafe playground other children will also be hurt. If a business does not hire the appropriate security other customers could be harmed. If a company does not properly contain their construction sites additional people will be injured. If you or someone you know has experienced a premise related injury contact us today. We are here and ready to help. Call Zane T. Cagle at 1(314) 276-1681