Authored by Allan Siegel
Slip and fall cases are one of the most common types of personal injury cases. Many of us know someone who was injured in a slip and fall accident, and we all know that this is why we see the yellow and orange warnings signs posted in the grocery store when the floor is wet.
Many people assume that because there was a warning sign posted that the store is no longer responsible. However, the store is still responsible if the warnings were inadequate or were improperly posted. If the entranceway to a store is wet and the warning sign is 10 feet inside the door, then customers entering the door from the outside may not have time to see it before encountering the hazard of the wet floor. Or, if the sign was turned so that only people on the inside of the store could read it, this would also not serve as a proper warning.
These signs need to be clearly visible to all people who may encounter the hazard. They must be strategically positioned so that they can be easily read at a glance to properly serve as a warning. Otherwise a proper warning does not exist, and the store may still be responsible. Slip and falls can be difficult cases in which to determine liability. They don't just happen in stores or malls, but they can also happen in a park, on the sidewalk, or walking on the lawn of your children's school. Differing scenarios can add more factors which need to be properly examined.
The best way to determine whether or not someone is responsible for your injury is to consult with an attorney. The Washington, DC personal injury attorneys at our Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. have successfully handled many slip and fall cases, and can carefully listen to the facts of your particular case to determine if someone may be responsible for your injuries. Request a free case evaluation to learn more.