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Flooring a key issue in slip-and-fall accidents

On Behalf of | Nov 13, 2017 | Premises Liability |

New York slip-and-fall accidents can cause devastating injuries to victims. These accidents are largely preventable, and many businesses have fall prevention programs in place. Despite this, some companies fail to take their flooring choices into account in their fall prevention programs.

According to a recent study by the CNA, which is a risk management and business insurance provider, 50 percent of the business sites that were surveyed did not have the minimum floor friction coefficient of 0.42. The CNA states that this finding shows that many businesses fail to take their flooring selection into account in their fall prevention efforts.

The CNA states that businesses should be aware that falls can happen anywhere and at any time, and taking care with flooring selection and maintenance is a vital measure to preventing their occurrence. The study found that 40 percent of slip-and-fall accidents happen in entryways while 33 percent occur in parking lots. Another 27 percent occur on sidewalks leading to the entryways. Office buildings, which normally use more slip-resistant flooring, had the least number of falls and accounted for less than 1 percent of the slip-and-fall accidents in the CNA’s study.

Slip-and-fall accidents may result in permanently disabling injuries, leading to substantial losses. People who have been injured in fall accidents while they were on the properties of others or while they were visiting businesses might want to talk to personal injury lawyers who have experience with handling premises liability cases. The lawyers may analyze what happened and provide honest assessments of the value of the potential claims. If they agree to take the cases, they may investigate the claims thoroughly so that they can gather evidence that strengthens the claims of their clients. By filing lawsuits, injured victims may be able to recover compensation in amounts that pay for their losses.