Business owners should use wet floor signs to warn customers and other people entering their business of a potentially hazardous situation. While a wet floor sign alone may not eliminate a business owner’s liability, it may help protect them.
If you have been injured slipping and falling on a wet floor at a business, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Even if the business had a wet floor sign out, you may still have legal options available. Speak with an experienced slip-and-fall lawyer today to find out your next steps.
Why Wet Floor Signs Are Important
Businesses are required to keep their property safe for people visiting their location. This means that they need to keep icy sidewalks clear, they need to clean up spills right away, and they need to alert customers of potentially hazardous situations. One way that companies can alert people to a potential danger is by putting out a wet floor sign.
Whether it was raining heavily and people are tracking water into the building or someone spilled a liquid, a wet floor sign is your warning that a dangerous situation may be present and you should proceed with caution. Because every company must keep their property safe for you, not warning you of a wet floor could cause you to slip-and-fall.
Now, if the spill just happened and you may have even seen it occur, and you slip, then you may not be able to file a claim for damages against the business owner. But if a few minutes have passed and there is no wet floor sign and no employee has come to clean up the wet floor, then you may have a valid claim.
You would also have a claim if you saw employees notice the spill but do nothing about it. Here, the employees, agents of the business, had the opportunity to clean up the spill and to warn customers about the danger but chose to do nothing. In this instance, the company may be liable to you for damages.
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What to Do After a Slip-and-Fall Injury
A yellow wet floor sign alone is not enough to eliminate the businesses’ liability to you. So even if there was a sign, you still have legal options.
See Your Doctor
The first thing to do after your slip-and-fall is to see a doctor. Slipping and falling accounts for over eight million emergency room visits each year, and about 800,000 are hospitalized for their injuries.
If your slip-and-fall was bad enough, you may receive emergency medical attention at the scene. Even if you are able to get up quickly, go see your doctor to make sure that you are okay and you do not have serious injuries.
Call a Lawyer
Then you should call a lawyer. Your lawyer will be able to promptly tell you whether you have a claim worth pursuing. This will depend on many factors:
- The severity of your injuries
- The ongoing nature of your injuries
- Your ability to return to work
- Whether witnesses saw what happened
There are countless other factors that can help bolster your case. Your lawyer will work with you to determine exactly what happened and whether the business holds responsibility for your slip-and-fall injuries.
It’s important to remember that even if you slipped and fell near a wet floor sign, you may still be able to collect compensation from the business. Even when a wet floor sign is present, that does not change the fact that the danger was also still present and caused your injuries.
A Personal Injury Attorney Can Help You Fight for Compensation
Your lawyer will work with you to make your case as strong as possible and work to get you maximum compensation. While a lawsuit may be the last thing from your mind after a slip-and-fall injury, you should speak with a trusted legal advocate to help you avoid paying even a penny out of your own pocket for your medical expenses and other financial losses. Your lawyer may try to get you compensation for:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Lost income
- Lost earning potential
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of life enjoyment
- Present and future medical expenses
- Rehabilitation costs
When you suffer even minor injuries, you could still face astronomical medical expenses. Even a concussion, a common slip-and-fall injury, can leave a victim with millions of dollars in lifetime medical expenses. By attempting to collect maximum compensation for your injuries, your lawyer can try and help you avoid paying these expenses yourself.
You may also suffer from financial losses. Even if your injuries are relatively minor, you may still spend several days, weeks, or even months out of work. This time away from work means you will not be earning a paycheck. Your lawyer may be able to help you get compensation to cover your lost income so you don’t have to worry about paying your regular life expenses, let alone your costly medical bills.
Morris Bart Gets Results
Our team of experienced attorneys has been helping our injured neighbors for over 40 years. We have recovered millions of dollars for our clients, people injured through no fault of their own.
When choosing a lawyer, you need someone with experience but also someone you can trust to handle your personal injury case. Not all lawyers are created equal and we think our results speak for themselves.
Speak with a Trusted Slip-and-Fall Lawyer Today
The lawyer you choose can make a difference in your ability to recover maximum compensation for your injuries. When you slip and fall at a business and subsequently get injured, you may not know where to turn next. That’s where a skilled and experienced slip-and-fall attorney can help guide you through the complex legal process and work toward getting you maximum compensation.
Contact Morris Bart online today to learn more about how we can help you recover. We stand by ready to help you and offer you the legal guidance and advocacy you deserve.
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