Laundromats are a necessity for many people who live in apartments and do not have their own washer/dryer to use. While they are a great convenience, patrons of laundromats should also exercise caution. Laundromats are a prime location for slip and falls which can cause serious injuries.
Slip and falls can occur at laundromats due to water or detergent left on the floor. People also slip on forgotten clothing articles and dryer sheets. Therefore, when using a laundromat facility, make sure you look where you are walking. However, even when one exercises the most caution, accidents can still occur. As people may be carrying heavy baskets of clothing, it is not always possible to inspect every step one takes.
If the staff of the laundromat was aware of a hazardous condition, and failed to remedy it, they could be held liable for your injury. Additionally, the laundromat staff is expected to be aware of any dangerous conditions upon reasonable inspection. If there is a condition that the laundromat should have known about, they could also be held liable. For example, because staff would reasonably be expected to make rounds to inspect the premises every few hours, they would also be expected to know whether such a condition existed.
Other injuries that could occur in a laundromat include electric shock due to the risk posed by loose machine wires, as well as other harms posed by defective machines which could cause serious bodily harm.
If you have been injured at a laundromat, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact an attorney who is experienced in personal injury matters who can advise you regarding your legal rights and remedies. As there are statutes of limitation in place that may bar your claim after a certain amount of time, it is important to consult an attorney as quickly as possible. Call Arze & Mollica, LLP at (718) 996-5600 for a consultation today.