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How Will a Warning Sign Affect My Slip-and-Fall Case?

While such signs are meant to put customers on notice of potentially hazardous conditions, does the presence of a warning sign exempt a property owner from liability?The mere fact that a business has utilized a warning sign does not provide blanket protection from liability.  A yellow, plastic stand warning of a slippery floor can be an effective means of deterring customers from walking through a recently mopped area, but only when that sign provides an adequate warning of the danger.  The extent to which a sign provides adequate protection is dependent on a number of factors–many of which are often improperly addressed by business owners.

If you have been the victim of a slip-and-fall accident in which there existed a sign warning of a possible danger, your right to sue for damages may be dependent on the answers to the following questions:

  • Was the sign easy to read?

  • Was the sign large enough to see?

  • Was the sign understandable?

  • Did the sign clearly convey the presence of a danger?

  • Was the sign located in close proximity to the danger?

  • Would a reasonable person have been aware of the danger based on the sign?

  • Was the sign obstructed in any way?

If the answer is “yes” to any of these questions, the owner(s) of the property may be financially responsible for injuries to a customer walking on the property who slips and falls.

 

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