Does your business have a “Days without an accident” sign?
How often do you have to reset it? And how many of those resets are the result of someone slipping and falling? We’d wager that it’s more than a few.
American companies lost $11 billion last year due to slip and fall accidents, a figure that doesn’t take into account lost productivity or liability costs from personal injury cases.
It doesn’t have to be that way for you and your company. Here are a few ways you can protect your workers, customers, vendors and anyone else visiting your business from slip and fall accidents.
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Wintry weather can be delightful…when you don’t have to deal with it.
But when you’re an adult, snowy weather is mostly just a headache. While your kids are off sledding or building snow men, you’re digging out your car or making sure your pipes don’t freeze.
And then there’s your sidewalk. Keeping it clear after snowy or icy weather isn’t just safe and neighborly, it’s the law. Having a slippery sidewalk can leave you open to a lawsuit if someone slips and falls on your property.
Continue reading Clear Your Sidewalk and Avoid Slip and Fall Injuries
Q. Are business owners legally responsible for shoveling the sidewalks around their shops or offices?
Yes, absolutely. Business owners are responsible for the state of sidewalks around their properties, and that’s especially true in the instance of a severe weather event, such as a snow storm.
Q. What are business owners expected to do?
Business owners are expected to provide safe walkways that will allow shoppers to move from street parking to the store’s entrance without needing to climb over any kind of snow bank. In practice, this means clearing the sidewalk all the way down to the pavement and ensuring there is no black ice that could still cause someone to fall.
It’s important to know where the snow can be moved — under current law, it’s illegal to push snow into streets or alleyways. Many businesses choose to resolve this issue by pushing the snow closer to their stores, but away from the walkways.
Continue reading Are Businesses Responsible for Shoveling Their Own Sidewalks?
We’re all competitive to some degree. We all have standards of where we are in life, how we think our bodies should look, how we should feel. We’re also getting older and with that the realization comes that we don’t heal as fast.
As a PA personal injury attorney, my clients all say the same thing: “I’m not getting better and I don’t know what to do.”
I’ve been there too. Auto accidents cause all sorts of trauma and injuries to the human body. Muscles are pulled, bones broken, ligaments torn. It takes a long time to recover from these injuries.
Continue reading Personal Injury Equals Frustration and Depression
Now is the time of year that everyone is falling. We must get at least one to two calls a week. Everyone has the same question: “I fell and hurt my back … how much money can I get?” This is almost impossible to answer, and assumes that you were not at fault.
Let’s start with the actual reason for the fall. The law requires that everyone be aware of their surroundings. We all have a duty to ourselves to be aware of where we are walking. Continue reading Slip and Fall Season: What You Need to Know