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Simple precautions could prevent slip-and-fall accidents

Accidents are completely unpredictable and can happen in just about anywhere at anytime. Most accidents turn out to be very minor and are nothing more than mild inconveniences. However, some accidents may cause serious injuries that could change a person's life forever. In South Carolina, it is the responsibility of property and business owners to make sure that floors are dry and clean to prevent slip-and-fall accidents. Unfortunately, visitors are put in harm's way when businesses neglect their responsibilities.

A woman in another state recently filed a lawsuit against the owners of a cruise ship after she allegedly fell on the deck of the ship. According to the suit, the woman was a passenger aboard the ship when she encountered a deck that was wet, causing her to slip and fall. The woman claims the initial fall caused another person to also fall and land on her.

Allegedly, the fall caused the woman to suffer broken ribs, fibula fractures around her ankle and substantial bruising on the right side of her leg. The plaintiff claims that the defendant was negligent by failing to dry the deck and not providing a safe walkway for passengers while the decks were wet. It is the responsibility of the owners and operators of the ship to provide a safe environment for passengers, the woman claims.

In South Carolina and across the United States, property owners are obligated to provide a safe environment for all visitors lawfully on the property. Removing potential hazards such as liquid on floors can prevent slip-and-fall accidents. When a person is injured due to dangerous conditions on a property, the property owner(s) can be held legally responsible. A successful lawsuit could provide victims with much-needed compensation as well as a sense of justice.

Source: flarecord.com, "Slip on cruise ship deck leads to lawsuit", Charmaine Little, May 20, 2018

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