Slip and Fall Series: What If There Are Signs?
Posted January 15th, 2016 by Anthony Carbone, PC.
Categories: Slip and Falls.
Let’s say you’re at the grocery store doing your weekly shopping. You pass by a leaking refrigeration case which is creating a puddle of water on the floor. Although there are signs that warn people of the dangerous situation, you miss seeing the signs. You slip on the puddle and fall, breaking your hip. Do you have a case against the store?
According to premises liability law, a property owner or whoever is occupying a commercial space, such as the grocery store owners, is responsible for the safety of anyone who comes on that property. And it is the responsibility of the store to place out warning signs about the leaky refrigeration unit. In this case, the grocery store employees had tried to make the area safe by putting up warning signs, something that you had neglected to see.
So does this mean you don’t have a case? Well, of course, if there were no warning signs in place, this is definitely an easy case to win. However, we all know that slip and fall cases can be very complex. Since the store had made the effort to warn its customers about the conditions of the floor, it’s hard to make a case against them. Of course, it might be a case where the warning signs were not in plain view. Perhaps it wasn’t one of those yellow “wet floor” signs but just a note stuck on the refrigerator door. If that’s the case then you have a much stronger case than if there was a sign that you neglected to see.
Slip and fall accident cases can be extremely complex. If you are injured in such an accident, it may be wise to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to see if you have a case. Contact the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone today for a free consultation.