How "Wet Floor" Signs Impact a Slip and Fall Accident Case
We’ve all seen those yellow “wet floor” signs used in stores, restaurants, and other businesses. Commercial businesses are supposed to give customers proper warning of any potential hazards, including those posed by slippery wet floors.
Unfortunately, these signs do not completely eliminate the possibility of someone slipping, falling, and sustaining injuries. Many injury victims wonder how these warning signs impact their ability to pursue compensation for their injuries. The area was marked, so does that mean you are unable to file a claim? Well, not necessarily.
Proper Warning and Liability
Wet floor signs do not automatically protect property owners from liability against claims caused by slippery floors. Instead, they are considered evidence that the property owner was trying to take reasonable precautions to prevent injuries.
In other words, just because they put a warning sign of a hazard does not negate the fact that the hazard was present. It is also considered insufficient if the wet floor sign was used as an alternative to fixing the hazard in a timely manner.
Additionally, you may seek compensation for your injuries if your fall was also caused by a secondary hazard, such as:
- A poorly-lit facility
- Cracked tiles near the slippery floor
- Obstructions in your path that made you walk through the wet floor
Injured in a Slip and Fall?
In short, “wet floor” signs do not let business owners off the hook for slip and fall injuries to customers, patrons, or visitors. If you are injured in a slip and fall accident at a commercial business or another person’s property, you may be entitled to pursue compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
At The Chopin Law Firm, we understand that your recovery is dependent on your ability to obtain proper and rightful compensation. Our dedicated legal team is standing by ready to assist you in your time of need.
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