Torn Carpets Can Contribute to Serious Trip and Falls Injuries By on July 10, 2014

A woman looks at her injured armHere at Levine & Slavit, we believe that injury victims deserve to have their story heard. That's why we are committed to helping the injured and their loved ones throughout Long Island and Manhattan. If you have been seriously injured in a slip and fall accident or have had your life changed forever following a motor vehicle collision, our team will be here for you.

One source of injury that many people take for granted is torn carpeting at a business. Let's focus on why this is a hazard and what business owners and property owners should do to prevent these problems.

Carpet Can Be More Dangerous Than You Think

Many people take for granted how serious torn carpeting can be at a business. It's not just a question of aesthetics. A snag in the carpet or a tear can present a tripping and falling hazard to costumers/visitors of a property. This is particularly true when the tear or snag appears in a high-traffic part of a business. Most people walking around will not be particularly attentive to tears and snags, which makes a potential fall more likely.

Potential Injuries That May Be Experienced

Some common injuries that may be the result of a tear or snag in the carpet include the following:

  • Bumps and bruises
  • Cuts and scrapes
  • Sprains
  • Torn ligaments
  • Pulled muscles
  • Fractures and breaks

The severity of the injury or injuries sustained will generally depend on the nature of the accident. More severe injuries tend to be solid grounds for a lawsuit against a negligent party.

Causes of Carpet Wear and Tear

The most common causes of tears to carpet at a business are:

  • Regular wear
  • Poor maintenance
  • Poor initial placement
  • Vandalism

Regardless the cause, businesses and property owners should keep their premises in good condition and free from potential causes of accidents.

Preventing Torn Carpets

One of the best ways to prevent torn carpet is to take care of any floors or rugs on the premises. Clean them regularly, and be sure to keep tabs on the condition of the carpet over time. Simply being attentive of the carpet can mean the difference between wear and a tear, and prevention of an injury vs. an injury waiting to happen.

Replace Damaged Carpet and Rugs

If you spot a tear in your carpet or rug at your business, be sure to block it off in some fashion so that customers do not walk over it. Have the carpet patched or replaced professionally as soon as possible so this issue can be dealt with promptly.

Seek Legal Help If You or a Loved One Is Injured

If you or someone that you care about has been seriously injured as a result of a negligent property owner's poor decisions, it's important that you speak with our attorneys. Our firm will stand behind you every step of the way and help you receive just compensation for any injuries sustained or hardships endured.

Speak with the Lawyers of Levine & Slavit

To discuss your legal claim with skilled attorneys who will not be intimidated and will not back down, we encourage you to contact our personal injury law firm today. During your meeting with our lawyers, we will be sure to go over all of your legal options in full detail so that you can make the best possible legal decisions.

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The law firm of Levine & Slavit, PLLC has served clients in Long Island and the Greater New York City-area since 1957. We are a team of personal injury and wrongful death lawyers who work tirelessly for victims' rights. Our team is licensed and affiliated with the:

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