You may be aware that businesses are responsible for hazards on their property that have the potential to cause injuries to an innocent party. That’s why California’s premises liability law requires owners to maintain their premises on a regular basis, whether they are a private homeowner, a major retailer, or a government agency. Thus, if there was a condition on the floor or ground on your property that caused someone to slip, the victim may have grounds to sue you for monetary losses, like medical bills and lost income while they are out of work.
But what if the owner or someone acting on their behalf took the time to remove the condition that could result in a slip and fall? Though this is a good start to keeping others safe, Wet Floor signs should be placed around the area until the floor is completely dry. Otherwise, the floor may still be wet, slick, or sticky, which can all lead to a slip and fall accident for an unsuspecting victim.
If you or your loved one was injured in a no wet floor sign slip and fall accident, you may have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit against the property owner. In fact, a lawsuit may be possible even if there was a Wet Floor sign at the scene of the accident. To learn more about the process of suing the responsible party and recouping the damages you deserve, contact DTLA Law Group.
Can I Sue the Property Owner for not Placing a Wet Floor Sign?
Yes, it’s possible to sue a property owner if there were no Wet Floor signs to indicate a slip and fall hazard. This is a legal responsibility that owners have toward anyone that has a right to be on their property. These individuals may include customers, delivery drivers, and repair technicians, just to name a few.
Essentially, you would need to show that there was 1) a dangerous condition on the property that the owner knew about, or should have known about; 2) the owner failed to take reasonable actions that would have prevented your accident; 3) Because the owner failed in their duty of care to you, they are liable for the damages you have sustained.
As an example, a customer at a supermarket drops a soda bottle, which has caused a spill on the floor. Wet Floor signs must be placed around the spill immediately to alert people to the presence of the hazard. In addition, there must be several signs that are placed at various angles, so that they can be seen from all sides. Then, the signs must be left around the area until the liquid, cleaning fluid, etc. is completely removed from the floor. These are the basic precautions that must be taken to absolve the grocery store of any responsibility in the event of an accident.
Keep in mind that premises liability is a complicated subject, which warrants further discussion with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney. Please consider a free case evaluation with one of our legal experts if you were harmed from a slip and fall on someone else’s property.
Most Common Slip and Fall Injuries
Fall injuries are responsible for over 800,000 hospitalizations every year, due to the serious health complications that are involved, especially among children and the elderly. Here are some of the most common injuries that you can end up with when you fall due to a lack of wet floor signs:
Monetary Compensation for Slip and Fall Victims
- Skull fracture
- Concussion / traumatic brain injury
- Hip fracture
- Broken bones
- Torn ligaments and tendons
- Whiplash (neck injury)
- Spinal cord damage
- Cuts / puncture wounds
- Knee injuries, including dislocated or fractured kneecap
- Sprained ankle or wrist
- Dislocated joints (shoulder, elbow, etc.)
- Emotional trauma – panic attacks, nightmares, fear of falling down, insomnia, etc.
Now, let’s talk about the types of damages you can ask for if you qualify for a lawsuit against the property owner. The exact payments you can receive depend on the degree of injury (or injuries) you’ve suffered and the impact of your accident in many areas of your life. Possible damages in a slip and fall accident settlement include:
- Cost of medical treatments
- Payments for rehabilitation purposes (counseling and physical therapy)
- Lost wages, including future lost income if you have severe injuries
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress / mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
- Property damage
- Legal fees
We can also help you if you’ve lost a loved one to a slip and fall injury that was caused by the failure to post Wet Floor signs. Family members and spouses of the decedent may be entitled to wrongful death compensation, such as funeral expenses, loss of consortium, and the value of wages and other income that the victim would have earned throughout their lifetime. Contact us for a free case evaluation if you are interested in speaking with a wrongful death lawsuit attorney.
Slip and Fall Average Case Values
The settlement amount that can be recovered from these lawsuits depends on numerous factors that are specific to your injuries, like the cause of your accident and how your life has been changed as a result of the defendant’s negligence. That’s why it’s appropriate for some clients to receive between $15,000 and $35,000, while others are entitled to 6-figure payments. The most valuable cases involve severe injuries with lifelong health issues (loss of function, brain injury, for example). These lawsuits may be worth $500,000 to $1.5 million and above.
How Long is the Waiting Period to get Paid on these Cases?
There’s no way to say for sure how long you will need to wait before you receive payment from a slip and fall accident claim. The severity of your injuries and the amount you are asking for does play a part in many cases, meaning higher value claims often take longer to settle. However, we find that the majority of cases are settled through direct negotiations with the insurance company, which can take anywhere from a few weeks to over 6 months. If filing a lawsuit is in your best interest, that can add one or more years to the claims process, depending on whether your case goes to trial, or it can be settled through mediation.
What is the Time Limit to File a No Wet Floor Sign Lawsuit?
It’s essential to speak to a lawyer right away and determine the legal actions that are necessary to win your case. In California, you generally have two years from the time you are injured to file a premises liability lawsuit. Keep in mind that there is a lot of time and work that goes into preparing a lawsuit. To build the strongest case possible and still file your paperwork within the 2-year window, contact us to begin the legal process with a no wet floor sign lawsuit attorney.
Free Second Opinion from an Experienced Slip and Fall Injury Lawyer
Slip and fall cases are extremely common, and there are many law firms out there that can assist you if you have been harmed due to a property owner’s negligence. Sadly, many of these firms measure success by case volume, not by the time and attention they give to each client. If you are feeling ignored by your current lawyer or don’t understand why it’s taking so long to settle your claim, give us a call to schedule a second opinion consultation. This is a free service, so there’s harm in taking some time to explore your legal options with a premises liability lawyer at our office.
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No matter what type of accident you’ve had, learning about your legal rights is essential to obtaining the funds you deserve as a victim of someone else’s negligence. Our goal is to take immediate action on your case and fight to bring you maximum payment from the party that has injured you.
As you are recovering from an accident, you may be worried about how much it will cost to hire an attorney. At our law firm, all clients receive free legal services for the entire duration of their case. Our slip and fall attorneys work on contingency, which means we only get paid if we secure your compensation award. If not, you won’t have to pay for any of our expenses under the Zero Fee Guarantee.
To learn more about your rights as a slip and fall accident injury victim, contact DTLA Law Group to schedule a free consultation.