As our Boston injury lawyers have written in the past, Massachusetts slip and fall accidents can cause serious personal injuries for those involved. Hip fractures, back injuries, spinal injuries, and traumatic brain injuries, and even death can result. It is the responsibility of property owners to make sure that there are no slick, slippery, or wet surfaces/floors on their premises than can cause someone to slip and fall.
Four common types of Boston slip and fall accidents:
• The typical “slip and fall,” which involves someone losing traction, slipping on a surface, and falling.
• The “step and fall,” which involves a person falling into a hole or stepping into another type of defect on the flooring/another type of surface and falling.
• The “stump and fall,” which involves an individual stumbling over an obstruction on the ground and falling.
• The “trip and fall,” which can occur when someone trips over an object and falls.
Slip and fall accidents can occur anywhere. Today, however, our Boston premises liability lawyers today would like to report on a number of recent US slip accidents lawsuits over incidents that occurred in stores.
Last month, a woman filed a slip and fall accident case against Walmart. Jennifer Lombrana says she got hurt last March when she slipped and fell in a puddle of water on the ground close to the girls’ clothing section. In another premises liability lawsuit, Crystal Lewis is suing a Family Dollar store for injuries she says she sustained in 2009 when she slipped and fell on a slippery substance that had been left on the store floor. A third woman, Leslie Douglas, is suing Kroger because she says she slipped and fell on water that left on the ground in the grocery store in 2009. Douglas says that she injured her hand, shoulder, and hip.
Storeowners must make sure that any wet/slippery surfaces are wiped/mopped dry right away. In the event that it will take some time before the floor is no longer wet, employees must post warnings to notify people that the ground is slippery. Even if the area where the wet surface is located isn’t frequented by a lot of traffic, you never know who could end walking through the area. The slip hazard must be removed to decrease the chances of injury.
More Blog Posts:
Boston Slip and Fall Accidents Usually Require the Attention of an Experienced Injury Attorney, Boston Injury Lawyer Blog, January 26, 2011
Winter Weather Tests Massachusetts Slip and Fall Ruling by SJC, Boston Injury Lawyer Blog, December 23, 2010
Supreme Judicial Court’s Massachusetts Slip and Fall Ruling in Lawsuit Against Target Ruling Dissolves Distinction Between Unnatural and Natural Ice and Snow Accumulations, Boston Injury Lawyer Blog, July 26, 2010
If you were injured in a Boston slip and fall accident, contact Altman & Altman, LLP today.