Can I Still Recover for a Slip and Fall Accident if Warning Signs Were Posted?
Slip and fall accidents are extraordinarily common. In fact, slip and fall accidents are the second most common reason for a personal injury claim. As a result, most store owners and companies go to extra measures to ensure that their customers are safe when they are on the property or in the store. They may place brightly colored warning signs nearby when floors are wet or when there is a tripping hazard in a public place. Yet, are these warning signs enough to prevent them from being held liable in the event of a slip and fall accident?
The answer is NO. Businesses and store owners can be held liable after a devastating slip and fall accident, even if there were warning signs posted. It is a common misconception that placing warning signs around a wet floor or around a dangerous hazard is enough to eliminate liability, but this is simply not true. For example, if warning signs were placed improperly or were insufficient to warn customers, the store could still be held liable. In some situations, store owners and managers place the warning signs up too high or too far into the store beyond where it would be helpful for customers. These signs may not effectively warn patrons entering the store.
Another example would be if the hazard was a chronic issue and the store owner failed to take the necessary actions to fix the problem. If a responsible landowner or store owner would’ve had the hazard repaired or if the hazard was repaired irresponsibly by the owner, then the store could be held liable.
Proving Fault in Slip and Fall Accidents
To make a recovery for a slip and fall accident on a business property, certain elements must be firmly proven.
- The business created the hazard that contributed to the fall
- At least one employee took note of the hazard but failed to remove it or give proper notice
- Hazardous condition existed for long enough that a breach of ordinary care occurred.
Even if the business did not create the hazard, if they had adequate time to notice the hazard and repair or warn of the hazard and they failed to do so, then they could be held liable for the slip and fall accident.
Contact Our Louisville Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers
If you or someone you love has been injured in a slip and fall accident, it is important to speak to an experienced Kentucky slip and fall accident injury lawyer immediately. To learn more about your legal rights, contact experienced Louisville and Lexington slip and fall accident attorney, Kevin Sciantarelli, today for a free consultation. Call 1-855-538-4611 or fill out our online contact form for more information.