A Hollywood, Florida man was recently caused to trip and fall at the inside entrance of a Pembroke Pines, Florida check cashing store; suffering an extraordinary injury to his upper arm. The investigation revealed that the victim was injured as a result of the interior door mat being bunched up and catching the victim’s foot as he immediately entered the store, violently propelling him face forward onto his shoulder.
As is common in many secured lobby retail establishments, employees are generally kept behind a safety panel – whether it be Plexiglas or metal bars. Often times, this safety barrier also acts as a visual block or partial blindfold preventing the stores’ employees view of the floor way at the interior entrance to see if the mat is lying flat or bunched up and therefore potentially dangerous for customers.
One could also surmise that the employees may have seen a defective condition in the flooring mat and still chose not to come out and fix it; either so as not to expose themselves to their own personal risk or simply for lack of care.
The victim was still six weeks post surgery for a repair to his upper arm which required the surgical insertion of plates and screws. The fall caused the victims arm to fracture below the plates resulting in a horrific deformity.
If you or anyone you know is the victim of a serious fall injury please feel free to contact the Pembroke Pines Florida slip and fall injury attorneys at the Schulman Law Group for further information.