Negligent business owners and older adult falls

On Behalf of | Mar 22, 2024 | Personal Injury |

Falls among older adults are a serious concern. Unfortunately, negligent business owners can contribute to the prevalence of these accidents.

It is important for business owners to review the risk factors associated with these falls.

Poor lighting and spills

One common reason older adults may fall in businesses is due to inadequate lighting. Poorly lit areas can make it difficult for older adults to see potential hazards, such as uneven surfaces or obstacles in their path. Business owners should ensure that all areas of their establishment are well-lit to improve visibility and reduce the risk of falls.

Another factor that can lead to falls among older adults is slippery floors. Spills, wet surfaces or improperly maintained floors can create dangerous conditions that increase the likelihood of slipping and falling. Business owners should regularly inspect their floors, clean up spills promptly and use non-slip mats or rugs in areas prone to moisture to prevent accidents. Sadly, the National Institute on Aging says that over 25% of people 65 and over fall on an annual basis, and the consequences of falls worsen with age.

Damaged walkways

Uneven or poorly maintained walkways can also pose a risk to older adults. Cracked pavement, loose tiles or uneven surfaces can cause trips and falls, especially for individuals with mobility issues. Business owners should repair any damaged walkways, install handrails where necessary and ensure that pathways are clear of obstacles to promote safe navigation for older adults. Finally, cluttered or overcrowded spaces can increase the risk of falls for older adults. Tripping over merchandise, furniture or other objects can lead to serious injuries.

Business owners play a central role in creating a safe environment that minimizes the risk of falls for older adults. By addressing hazards, they can help protect the well-being of their older customers and promote a safe and welcoming environment for all visitors.