Can You Sue For Your Slip And Fall Injuries If There Was A ‘Wet Floor’ Sign In Sight?

On behalf of Dan Doyle Law Group posted in Premises Liability on Friday, June 08, 2018.
Slip and Fall

From a young age, we were taught to be very careful when walking on a wet floor or a slick surface especially when there is a “Wet floor” sign in sight. But the sign is not always there to warn us of the dangerous condition and prevent a slip and fall accident. Besides, let’s admit it: we are not always paying 100 percent of our attention or looking in every direction to see if there is a “Wet floor” sign nearby.

Not to mention that as we become more reliant on smartphones, we are more likely to become victims of distracted walking and are more prone to getting injured by slipping, tripping, or falling.

Can you sue the owner of the property?

Whatever is the case, what if you slip and fall on a wet floor while there was no warning or signage to warn you of the dangerous condition in sight? Or let’s imagine that there was a “Wet floor” sign and yet you got injured in a slip and fall accident – does it mean that you will not be able to recover compensation?

“It depends,” answers our Philadelphia premises liability attorney from the Dan Doyle Law Group. Whether or not you will be able to sue the owner of the property where you slipped on a wet floor depends on the circumstances of your case.

Do you have a premises liability claim after a slip and fall accident?

As a rule of thumb, federal and state premises liability laws in Pennsylvania evaluate slip and fall accidents through the prism of general negligence. Broadly speaking, you may be entitled to recover damages if you and your experienced premises liability lawyer in Philadelphia or elsewhere in Pennsylvania can prove that:

  • The dangerous condition existed on the premises;
  • The owner of the property, employees, or other persons responsible for the maintenance and inspection of the property caused, knew, or should have known about the dangerous condition; and
  • The slip and fall accident caused injury and/or other damages.

Can you sue if there was a ‘Wet floor’ sign?

“Generally speaking, you will not be able to bring a premises liability lawsuit against the property owner if you slipped on a wet floor and there was a wet floor sign properly and visibly displayed,” says our best premises liability attorney in Pennsylvania. But it is not that simple.

While displaying the “Wet floor” sign is not required by law in Pennsylvania, failing to warn customers, visitors and guests of a dangerous condition make the property owner negligent, as he or she failed to take reasonable actions and steps to prevent slip and fall accidents and injuries.

Filing a premises liability lawsuit when there was a ‘Wet floor’ sign

But what if you slipped on a wet floor and although there was the “Wet floor” sign nearby, it was not displayed prominently or was not visible enough? Or what if the sign was placed too far away from the place where you slipped on a wet floor? In those cases, you may be able to obtain compensation for your injuries, damages, and losses, but you will require the legal advice of a Philadelphia premises liability attorney to know for sure.

Keep in mind that the best thing you can do to validate your premises liability claim and improve your chances of pursuing compensation is to inform the security at the premises about the slip and fall accident. Or, if there is no security, go straight to the property owner or any employee responsible for the maintenance or inspection of the premises. Taking photographs and videos of the dangerous condition is also a vital element that can increase your chances of success.

But more importantly, seek legal help from an experienced slip and fall accident attorney in Philadelphia or elsewhere in Pennsylvania to build a strong legal case. Get a free consultation by contacting the Dan Doyle Law Group. Call our offices at 215-987-3730 or complete this contact form and get a free consultation.

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