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.