The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused much of the country to shut down. Americans need to stay home and avoid large gatherings to help stop the spread of COVID-19. They can, however, still go to grocery stores and drug stores. As a result, many of these stores are crowded with panicked shoppers looking to stock up on supplies. Simultaneously, grocery store clerks are working overtime trying to stock shelves and keep supplies on hand. Will this chaos result in an increase in slip and fall accidents?
While it is too early to tell if the Coronavirus will cause an increase in slip and fall accidents, the potential is certainly there. For example, an increase in chaotic shopping could mean that safety gets overlooked. As a result, spills may not be cleaned up quickly, and tripping hazards may not get fixed. Although this is an unusual time for everyone, businesses still have a responsibility to ensure the safety of their customers. Unfortunately, grocery stores may have trouble keeping up with safety measures during this time. To avoid serious accidents, consumers need to remain vigilant when at large stores and grocery chains. If possible, be on the lookout for the following:
- Spilled food and drink
- Freshly mopped floors
- Dirty restrooms
- Parking lot hazards
- Wet entrances and exits
- Hazardous floor mats or carpets
Ways to Prevent a Slip and Fall Accident During the Coronavirus Outbreak
During the Coronavirus outbreak, it is important to take steps to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. That includes preventing slip and fall accidents. To minimize your risk of suffering a serious injury in a slip and fall accident, take the following steps:
- Consider online services. Many grocery stores offer convenient online shopping during this time. You can order your groceries from the comfort of your own home. Then you can choose to either pick them up curbside or have them delivered. Check to see if your grocery stores offer this convenient feature.
- Wear sensible shoes. If you must go out shopping, then wear sensible shoes with traction. Running shoes, hiking shoes or boots may help prevent you from suffering a slip and fall injury.
- Remain alert. When shopping in a grocery store, remain vigilant and alert always. For instance, avoid multitasking when shopping, and keep your eyes open for any spills or hazards. Also, pay close attention to floors, stairs and floor mats. If you notice a spill or a hazard, then be sure to notify management promptly.
Contact a Slip and Fall Attorney in Dallas
Slip and fall accidents can cause serious injuries that result in a lifetime of pain and suffering. In some cases, they can even result in permanent disability. If you suffer a slip and fall accident in a store, then we can help. At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, you can speak to a compassionate slip and fall attorney in Dallas about your accident. To learn more about your legal options call us today at (214) 883-1700 or fill out our confidential contact form. We offer free consultations and reviews, so do not delay!