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Slip-and-fall accidents can cause injury

Consumers throughout Illinois expect a safe environment when they visit a local business. They expect an entryway free from trip hazards, enough spacing in the aisles and flooring that does not present a likelihood of slip-and-fall accidents. Slip-and-fall accidents are not only embarrassing to the individual, but they can be dangerous also.

Recently, a woman in another state was visiting a gaming resort. While there, she did like most women do and visited the bathroom. Unfortunately, water had been left on the bathroom floor, and the lady slipped on the wet floor. This woman has now sued the gaming resort, claiming that she was injured due to the resort’s failure to keep its property free from slip-and-fall hazards. Her suit is in excess of $50,000 in damages.

Property owners are responsible for maintaining their properties in a manner to safeguard others from injury. Water is going to pool on floors, and slippery items will fall to the ground. It is typically the property owner’s responsibility to remove these hazards. It is common for hazard warnings in the form of an orange cone or plastic yellow tent sign to be posted, marking a hazardous area until it can be properly taken care of.

When someone visits the business property of another in Illinois, he or she expects to be able to move without risk of injury. If such a risk exists, it is expected that this risk will be properly indicated so that caution can be taken. If one does fall victim to one of the many slip-and-fall accidents that occur and is injured, legal recourse may be necessary to seek assistance with the medical bills and other damages that result from the accident.

Source: wvrecord.com, "Ohio woman files slip-and-fall suit against Mountaineer Park", Annie Cosby, July 2, 2014

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