Many people who travel to Branson, Missouri are severely injured as a result of slip and fall injuries at local businesses. These types of accidents and injuries can cause permanent injury or wrongful death and are easily preventable. Businesses owe a duty to their customers to provide a safe environment and not allow dangerous conditions on their property that can harm others. As a lawyer in Branson, Missouri, I have had the opportunity to represent many persons who have been injured due to dangerous conditions on properties. These types of cases are what some refer to as premises liability cases.
Simply training office staff to notice a dangerous condition when it is present and remedy the situation is one way to avoid harming others. Many slip and fall injuries are the result of employees not inspecting the flooring of the place of business. Often, many businesses have no training or protocol in place for the inspection and maintenance of its floors. This is a terrible mistake that can lead to the personal injury of its customers. For example, I am currently representing a client who slipped on water that had leaked from an ice machine. The water had been on the tile floor for a considerable amount of time. Had a routine inspection taken place, the water would have been cleaned up and the dangerous condition removed. Instead, my client slipped in the water and fell suffering a fractured ankle that resulted in surgery. She now must deal with the pain and physical limitation caused by that easily preventable injury. It has affected every aspect of her life.
I have also represented a client who slipped and fell on the decking of an indoor pool at a local resort. At first blush a person might think that obviously a pool deck may be wet and slick and that would be accurate. However, this resort constructed the pool deck with stone that was very pretty but not safe. The problem was that the stone was not level preventing proper draining of the water from the pool deck. This combined with the humidity from the indoor pool caused water to “pool” and fungus to grow on the stone causing the decking to become extremely slick and dangerous. My client slipped on this fungus and fell breaking his neck.
There are many different scenarios where dangerous conditions on property can lead to personal injury or death. This is why a business must ensure that all safety measures be explored when designing and/or maintaining its business so that the public can be protected from needless harm.
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