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Businesses Are Obligated to Keep You Safe

Businesses try to maximize profits wherever they can, especially large corporations. But people have a right to go about their business without facing unnecessary hazards. And every business owner has a duty of care to make a reasonable effort to eliminate hazards that may harm their customers.

Businesses must respond to reports of hazardous conditions on their premises right away. They are also responsible for eliminating any potential problems in a proactive manner. If the business owner should have known about an issue that was likely to cause harm, then they may be held liable for your injuries.

If you were harmed because a business neglected to prevent a foreseeable accident, refused to hire enough employees to maintain a safe environment for their customers, or failed to provide sufficient safety training to their employees, you have the right to seek damages to cover the cost of your injuries. Call a premises liability lawyer at Bottlinger Law L.L.C. at (402) 505-8234 and learn more today.

Supermarkets, amusement parks, and malls are three types of businesses where customers are often harmed by the negligence of owners and managers.

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Supermarket Injuries

A supermarket is full of activity. Customers are coming and going, and the employees are constantly restocking the shelves. Supermarkets also have busy parking lots with carts that need to be constantly gathered. There are many opportunities for hazards to occur both inside and outside the store.

To keep customers safe, it’s essential for supermarkets to eliminate hazards as quickly as possible. That means spotting dangerous conditions right away and hiring enough staff to remove hazards in a timely fashion. It’s also important for managers to create effective work schedules to make sure problems are addressed.

Unfortunately, a lot of supermarkets are understaffed because their owners are trying to save money. This leads to the following types of unresolved hazards that can get people hurt:

  • Spills and wet floors. Supermarkets have hard floors that may cause serious harm if someone falls, such as broken bones and traumatic brain injury (TBI). When there is a spill, the store must clean it up immediately to prevent a slip and fall. And after a spill is mopped up, the employee must place signs that say “wet floor” until the area is dry.
  • Debris. When employees stock shelves, they must make sure they don’t leave anything on the ground that a customer could trip over. Managers should also monitor the aisles and remove objects that may have fallen from the shelves. Store displays can take up a lot of space, and if they are not properly placed, they may cause a tripping hazard, especially if they jut out near the floor, making it difficult for shoppers to avoid them.
  • Parking lot hazards. With so much car and pedestrian traffic, it’s essential that supermarket parking lots are wall maintained. Parking lots must be well lit, spaces should be clearly marked, and hazards such as potholes should be fixed right away. Staff should remove shopping cart regularly, so they won’t cause accidents by creating a hazard or rolling into cars.

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Amusement Parks Injuries

Amusement parks can be a lot of fun for the whole family. Unfortunately, with so many things going on, there are a lot of opportunities for people to get hurt. Oversight is often lacking at amusements parks, and temporary and traveling parks are staffed by people who are constantly moving from one site to another, making it hard for local authorities to monitor dangerous or unscrupulous activities.

It's impossible to know how many accidents actually occur at amusement parks in Nebraska because data at fixed-site amusement parks is self-reported, and information about accidents at traveling parks isn’t collected at all.

To keep you and you family safe, be alert for the following types of accidents that can occur at theme parks:

  • Rides. Rollercoasters and other rides are fun and exciting, but rollercoaster accidents may be devastating. Parks can be held liable for the harm they cause. Rides must be regularly maintained, and staff must be trained on how to safely operate them.
  • Negligent security. Park operators must provide a safe environment that includes well-lit parking lots, security cameras, posted signs notifying patrons about the consequences of horseplay and misbehavior, and enough security guards to deter violent and antisocial behavior. To protect everyone, rulebreakers must be removed from the park immediately and banned from reentering.

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Shopping Malls Injuries

There are over 47,000 shopping malls in America. It’s a common place for younger people to hang out and a lot of seniors find malls to be a nice place to get some exercise by walking. With so much activity, mall owners and operators have a big responsibility to keep their patrons safe.

The popularity of ecommerce has made malls less profitable than they used to be. But mall owners are still required to spend enough money on maintenance and security to prevent the following types of accidents:

  • Slip and fall accidents may be caused by spills, debris, and unmarked wet floors.
  • Escalator and elevator malfunctions can cause devastating injuries, especially for children.
  • Falling debris may cause serious injury such as fractured bones, internal organ damage, loss of limbs, or even death.
  • Negligent security. Malls must be fully staffed with well-trained security guards to protect customers against injuries and violent crime.
  • Trampling. Lack of planning and insufficient crowd control, especially on big shopping days like Black Friday, can result in serious injury.

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Were You Hurt in an Accident?

You shouldn’t have to pay for your own medical expenses if someone else’s negligence caused you harm. At Bottlinger Law L.L.C., we’ll help you get a settlement that covers the cost of your injuries.

Call (402) 505-8234 to schedule a FREE consultation today. At Bottlinger Law L.L.C, we’re on your side.

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