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Premises Liability--Wet Floors Are Not Just Slippery, They Are Dangerous

Premises liability refers to the duty of a property owner or business to keep its premises in a reasonably safe condition. Wet and slippery floors in a restaurant, store, or other public area create a substantial risk for injury. If a property owner or business operator fails to take action to clean up a known spill, or has not clearly marked an area that has been recently mopped, serious injury, including head injuries, can result. We represented a woman who was at the food court of a busy mall with her young grandson, who had gotten up and was walking with him so that he could use the bathroom, when she slipped and fell where a spilled drink had been mopped up. Although the property owner had placed "wet floor" warning cones, they were placed all around the outside perimeter of the food court, instead of around the specific area that had been mopped, such that they did not effectively warn our client of the fact that the floor was wet and slippery. The property owner also denied mopping in the area where our client had fallen, but the work logs showed that the property owner's employees had been mopping in the area where our client fell.

These types of injuries should not happen, and the property owner or business operator should be held accountable. If you or someone you love has been injured on a wet and slippery floor that was not timely and properly cleaned up, or, although the spill was mopped up, the wet floor area was not clearly marked, or have been injured due to some other dangerous condition on the premises, please contact us for a free consultation.

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