When my husband I decided to start a business, we didn't think about the legal aspects of doing so. We didn't realize that purchasing business insurance, getting building permits and making investments all required some type of legal advice. But after speaking to a close friend, who also happens to own a small business, we contacted a business attorney. Now, we have the legal smarts to make the best decisions for our business, as well as the legal representation in case something happens to our company. I hope that you find my blog helpful and informative for your own business. It's a great resource for finding the legal advice, resources and guidance you need to get your company up and running.
When you run a business and Mother Nature has just dropped snow and ice on your city, it's important to give some thought to the safety of your customers. As they'll be on your property, you may be responsible for any injuries they suffer as a result of the poor traction outside, and you don't want to find yourself on the receiving end of a personal injury suit. While a top-tier personal injury attorney can ideally help you beat the case or settle it for an agreeable amount, it's best to avoid the entire process if you can. Here are some tips to help you minimize this risk.
Improve Traction In Outdoor Areas
Snow and ice can cause customers to fall easily, especially if they're elderly and may not have a high degree of stability. Hire a snow-removal service or designate some of your employees to keep your parking lot, stairs, and walkway free of snow and ice. The snow and ice removal may need to occur several times throughout the workday if the inclement weather is ongoing. You should also ensure that salt for melting the ice and sand for improving traction underfoot are regularly applied where customers will be walking. This careful approach may be the key factor that prevents an injury and a subsequent personal injury suit.
Warn Customers Of The Issue
You cover your bases, you should also make customers aware that the traction may be poor. Put up signs in the parking lot and consider stationing an employee in this area to advise people as they arrive. The warnings shouldn't end at your front door — because wet boots may make the area inside your business slippery, place signs in this area, too. You should also use absorbent mats near the front door to minimize the amount of water on the floor.
Close Your Business When Necessary
Bad storms should compel you to consider closing your business out of concerns for the safety of customers on your property. While shutting down for a day might concern you because of the lost profit, keep in mind that a personal injury suit that results from someone falling and getting hurt on your property as a result of your negligence can be more costly than a day of having your business closed. In the event that someone is injured on your property, consult an attorney who specializes in personal injury law right away.