The unassuming “wet floor” sign has a big part to play in warning passers-by of environmental hazards. It’s easy not to think about it when you see the bright yellow plastic gleaming in the corner of your eye – you simply take note of the warning and gingerly navigate around the sign, being careful not to slip on the wetness. But what happens when that sign is not there? If you slip in the absence of a wet floor sign, either on someone else’s property or in a public establishment, you may have the grounds for a “slip and fall” lawsuit.
What is a “Slip and Fall” Accident?
“Slip and fall” incidents are quite self-explanatory, referring specifically to types of personal injury cases wherein an individual slipped or tripped and was consequentially injured while on someone else’s property. At first glance, “slip and fall” accidents truly do not seem to be very threatening. Still, some serious injuries can come of such an incident, including:
- Spinal cord damage
- Shoulder injuries
- Fractures, specifically on the spine, hip, pelvis, ankle, hand, or arm – virtually anywhere that is most likely to collide with the ground during a fall
- Ankle, wrist, or knee sprains
- Traumatic brain injuries
Note that slip and fall accidents are not exclusive to scenarios where a school or office floor was mopped. There may be other, more hazardous substances on floors that may cause loss of balance, there could be torn carpeting, a narrow staircase, or several environmental conditions that contribute to the possibility of a dangerous fall.
What to Do If You Have Sustained an Injury from a Slip and Fall Accident
If you have been injured due to a fall on someone else’s property, it is entirely within your rights to sue for compensation. The slip and fall attorneys at Rutter Mills can guide you through filing a claim. You must first be aware that these are particularly challenging injuries to sue for since you must prove an individual’s responsibility for the absence of a standard sign for a wet floor or other hazardous walking conditions. The case could easily be turned against you under the claim that you were simply being negligent and therefore caused your own injury.
Your first hurdle will be to prove that there was a “dangerous condition” that contributed to your injury and that the property owner was aware of the condition before your fall. “Dangerous conditions” are circumstances that pose unreasonable, unpredictable risks to people using the area. When you prove this, you must demonstrate one or more of the following (These points may differ based on where you were injured – in a residence vs. a commercial establishment, for example.):
- The property owner caused the condition
- The property owner was aware of the condition and neglected to resolve it
- The condition existed for so long that the property owner had ample time to discover and resolve the issue
It can be difficult to take legal action in these cases since, more often than not, the negligent party is a friend or family member whose home you just happened to be visiting. Yet, when the medical bills from your injury are piling up, you don’t have to pursue this option alone. Hire an experienced attorney to walk you through this process and help you to determine the appropriate route of legal action to compensate for your injuries.