All it takes is one simple accident on the job, and next thing you know, the company is involved in a lawsuit. Someone’s unfortunate slip and fall on your property can quickly drain time and money from your business goals. You don’t want anyone getting hurt while visiting your business, so let’s discuss how you can avoid this situation altogether.
Have the proper insurance
You can do everything under the sun to keep your property in tip-top shape, and yet this still doesn’t guarantee there will be no accidents. Every offline small business needs the right insurance plan to cover slip and falls. Be sure that your insurance properly covers your small business needs.
A good liability policy will ensure you have an attorney to represent you, enough money to resolve the case, and the ability to take care of damages to your property.
Keep your property well-maintained
This is one area where many companies tend to slack. It is easy to look over small issues on your property that could easily lead to major problems. Make sure your business is free of any possible threats, including the walkway leading to your business.
As the owner, it is your responsibility to do what is necessary to make sure your business is a safe place for anyone who enters. This means you also have to provide warnings when you know there is a potential risk to the person visiting your location. It is important to understand that you can’t just claim you didn’t know there was a hazardous condition and think you will not be held responsible for any injuries. If the issue is something that would have been obvious to the business owner, then you will be seen as responsible.
Slip and Fall Maintenance
Do frequent checks to see how the hallways on your property are looking to make sure there are no potential hazards. This means paying attention to any trash, places that are wet, badly placed furniture, clustered carpet and cords laying around. Overlook nothing when checking the property interior. If you come across a problem that cannot be solved right away, you must put up a sign or something that obviously states what is wrong, so people are fully aware to avoid that area, or proceed cautiously.
Ultimately, you can neither predict nor control whether someone who slips and falls decides to file a lawsuit, but it is wise to do everything possible to minimize your liability.
Regular maintenance should be an everyday thing, so your small business can continue to prosper with one less problem to handle.