Torn Carpeting Can Lead to Trip and Fall Accidents
By Younker Hyde Macfarlane on June 08, 2014
Whenever you are at a place of business, there is a certain expectation that you will be safe as you walk around. This is a very basic expectation, but you may be surprised how dangerous some establishments may be. Any preventable accidents or injuries that occur at a place of business are a legitimate cause to contact legal representation.
Our personal injury lawyers take all accidental injuries seriously, and we fight diligently to ensure that negligent parties are held responsible for any injuries that they cause. Right now we would like to consider the dangers that are posed by torn carpets at places of business.
Why Torn Carpets at Businesses Pose Major Hazards
When you think of hazards on the ground at a business, you tend to think of wet floors, exposed wires that can trip people, and dangerous debris that can cause people to lose footing. Tears in carpeting can also pose a number of dangers to employees and people who are visiting a space.
Torn carpets present an uneven portion of the ground. When people are walking normally, they may not notice the tear in the carpet as they stride. There is the chance that a foot may become snagged in the tear, or that the unevenness of the ground created by the tear will cause a person to lose balance and lose footing.
Common Causes of Torn Carpets
The most common causes of torn carpet at businesses tend to be gradual wear and tear and poor maintenance. If the carpet was not placed properly in the first place, that can contribute to the carpet tearing as well. This is particularly true if objects are dragged over an improperly placed carpet, leading to snags and tears in different places.
What Businesses Can Do to Prevent Torn Carpet Hazards
Common sense and basic maintenance are key when it comes to preventing hazards with torn carpet. First of all, the carpet should be placed properly by skilled professionals to ensure that it does not snag, catch, or become ruined too soon after it is placed. Employees or business owners should walk their premises and check for potential tears or tears-in-progress as well so that they can be fixed as soon as possible.
When a tear in a carpet is found, it's important that is be fixed in a timely manner. It is a good idea for businesses to note the tear and block it off as a way to prevent visitors and/or customers from accidentally tripping in that area.
Our Legal Team Is Here for You
Should you or a loved one suffer an injury on another person's property, it is extremely important that you speak with our legal team. Our premises liability attorneys will carefully assess the circumstances of the accident, determining where fault lies and if the business was negligent, placing their customers/visitors at risk. We will then seek just compensation to cover any medical bills and losses associated with your injury.
Learn More About Premises Liability Lawsuits
If you would like to learn more about premises liability lawsuits and the many different factors involved in these kinds of cases, be sure to contact our Salt Lake City personal injury and wrongful death lawyers today. The entire team at Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you make the best possible legal decisions.
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