Is Your Mat Legally Safe?

by Chris Martin on March 30, 2013

As a business owner, your life is spent worrying about a great many things, like inventory levels, overhead expenses, and customer satisfaction. In America, one of the other concerns that may keep you up at night is (sadly) the threat of lawsuits. Even if you have business insurance, the visit this possibility always exists that a lawsuit could bankrupt your entire company, even if the plaintiff isn’t successful.

Here’s the scariest part: Even if you do everything you can  from training employees to following laws and codes to engaging in the safest industry practices, your business can still be targeted in a civil suit.

Louisiana Lawsuit

One scenario in Louisiana illustrates this cruel truth. An employee of River Oaks hospital in Gretna was walking into work when she allegedly slipped and fell on a floor mat that was placed at an entryway. The woman reportedly suffered “severe personal injuries” as a result of the fall. In June of this year, she filed a personal injury lawsuit with the intention of seeking reimbursement for medical costs, compensation for loss of earnings, and monetary damages for pain and suffering, mental suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. Her suit claims that the mat was defective, dirty, not inspected, unsuitable, and non-adherent to the floor.

At this point, it’s important to remember that these allegations represent only the plaintiff’s side of the story. The defendants may ultimately dispute many of these claims, such as the condition of the mat, the circumstances of the accident, and even the plaintiff’s contentions about the seriousness of her injuries. It’s also quite possible that a judge or jury could find in favor of the defendants in this case.

In addition, you may be in a situation where your business is less likely to be targeted by a lawsuit. Perhaps your enterprise doesn’t generate near the income that a hospital does. You may not do business in a litigation-friendly climate like that which is present in Louisiana. Maybe you’re confident that your employees wouldn’t file suit against your business before giving you an opportunity to make things right without getting the courts involved.

At the end of the day, you should be aware that it is possible for your business to be targeted in a similar lawsuit. What should you do?

Ultimate Mats Can Help Protect You

Ultimate Mats can help you mitigate the risk of someone filing a slip-and-fall lawsuit at your business. All of Ultimate Mats’ WaterHog, SuperScrape, anti-fatigue, ColorStar, Tri-Grip, and Classic Impressions floor mats are not just sturdy, they’re actually certified as being 100 percent slip-resistant by the National Floor Safety Institute. That’s a claim that not every store-bought or rental floor mat can make. Practically speaking, it’s about as close to “legally safe” as any floor mat can be.

Of course, there’s no way to be 100 percent insulated from lawsuits such as the one filed by the woman in Louisiana. But if you invest in a high-quality, long-lasting entry mat from Ultimate Mats, you can honestly say that you did everything you could to ensure the safety of your customers and employees. As a business owner who’s trying to make a positive contribution to your community, why would you settle for anything less?

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