With the holidays fast approaching, malls across America will be swarming with eager shoppers buying gifts and looking for great deals. For Antelope Valley mall goers, however, this increase in mall traffic means there may be an increased risk of premises liability accidents occurring. From January 1, 2005 to June 16, 2007, there were over seventy reports of slip and fall accidents at the Antelope Valley mall.
Slip and fall (or trip and fall) accidents are when a person and slips and falls on another person’s or business’s property due to a hazard or unsafe condition, and these dangerous accidents can occur virtually anywhere. It is imperative to be aware of some of the causes of mall slip and fall injuries so you can try your best to avoid them.
- Spilled Liquids or a Wet Area: A majority of slip and fall accidents occur because there is a wet area or a spilled liquid on the floor. Be careful when you are at the mall to stay clear of spilled liquids, and watch for the “Caution” signs that should be there to alert mall goers.
- Objects on the Ground: With the numerous people coming in and out of the doors of the Antelope Valley Mall every day, there is a great possibility of slipping or tripping on an object that another shopper left behind. When walking, be wary of toys, food, or other objects that may cause a severe accident.
- Parking Lot Dangers: Potholes are an especially dangerous hazard in mall parking lots. Mall grounds should be properly maintained, but it is important to watch where you walk in case there is an unsafe pothole, or even a curb or sidewalk with a broken slab or wet area where a slip or trip and fall accident can happen.
- Stairs and Escalators: Though they may seem relatively safe, stairs and escalators may pose a serious danger if not properly maintained. When heading up and down the floors of your local mall, be sure to look for broken hand rails or liquid/objects on stairs, or even broken equipment on escalators, to avoid possibly serious injuries.
Commercial and business property owners have a responsibility to make sure their property is reasonably safe for visitors, and if there is a potential hazard, they should alert individuals to the danger. When a person is injured due to an unsafe condition and because of the owner’s failure to warn people or failure to maintain their property, the injured party has a right to seek financial compensation for lost wages, medical bills, and other expenses. If you or a loved one has been injured in a mall slip and fall accident, the experienced Antelope Valley slip and fall accident attorneys at the law offices of Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley can help. Please call 213-514-8332 for a free consultation. We will protect your rights and fight to get the compensation you deserve.