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Slips and trips in stores: Hazards to look out for

When walking through a mall or department store, you expect to be safe. As you browse the shops, the last thing on your mind are conditions that might be potentially dangerous. It is the property owner's or operator's duty to ensure that the premises are safe for customers. That means that if you suffer an injury on someone else's property, that individual or company might be legally responsible for the damages.

Since getting hurt while shopping is not on your to-do list, it is important to stay on the lookout for dangerous conditions. Read further to find out more about hazards to watch for so that you can avoid a trip-and-fall or slip-and-fall accident indoors.

Floor conditions

Part of maintaining an inviting shop is keeping the floors tidy. Property owners will often have employees or a contracted cleaning crew mop, wax and polish tiled floors. Unfortunately, this can easily lead to a slip-and-fall accident.

When cleaning the floors, workers should post warning signs or put up barriers to keep shoppers away from the slippery areas. In addition, cleaners should always avoid the excessive use of polish or wax, uneven application, and not treating the entire area. If a store fails to take proper precautions when treating tiled, wooden or concrete floors and a customer suffers an injury, the store might be liable.

Upkeep of stairs

Stairs are also dangerous since they are often composed of materials that gradually wear down. Property owners must make efforts to keep stairs free from hazards by ensuring the steps do not become worn and rounded on the edge, they are free of debris, have a non-skid surface, and there is a working handrail.

Properly functioning escalators and elevators

In many cases, the court holds property owners to a higher standard for elevators and escalators. The main reason for this is that these machines are designed to carry passengers. It is the property owner's duty to maintain elevators and escalators so that passengers remain safe. If there is a sudden jerk or stopping movement on one of these machines, it can result in serious injuries to the people onboard.

When a person or company owns a business that invites customers in, the owner must maintain the premises in a reasonably safe condition. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a store in New Jersey, you need to understand your options for receiving compensation for any costs resulting from the accident, including medical bills, lost wages and other damages.

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