There have been some cases in the news recently about claims for personal injuries after slip and fall accidents against national retailers and hotel chains. In one case, a customer in the retail store H&M in Pennsylvania slipped and fell on a wet floor at the entrance. In another case, a guest at a Hyatt hotel in Houston slipped and fell on a wet floor after it had been mopped by an employee. In both cases, the injured victim claims that the property owner failed to take reasonable steps to prevent the accident and their resulting injuries.
The injuries sustained in a slip and fall accident can be very serious. Often times these injuries can involve fractured or broken arms or legs, but can also include a head injury or even a broken neck. Needless to say, these injuries can have a devastating affect on the injured victim as well as the injured person’s family. Compensation for these types of injuries can include not only compensation for the medical bills and any future treatment, but also compensation for lost wages and loss of services and companionship to the victim’s family.
The Atlanta area, and the state of Georgia as a whole, is home to a countless number of retailers, restaurants and hotels where thousands of patrons and guests frequent on a daily basis. At all of these types of properties, the owner or occupier of the property has a duty to exercise reasonable care to make sure the property where the customers or guests will be is safe. This undoubtedly includes the floor surfaces within the property.