Hazard warning signs make up an important element of claiming personal injury compensation for slipping accidents, particularly slips on wet floors which often happen at work or in a shop. Any employer or shop should erect a hazard warning sign the minute they become aware that there is a potential hazard for people in their building, whether it is whilst mopping floors or after a spillage. However, just because a hazard warning sign has been erected, it doesn’t necessarily get someone off the hook in terms of not being liable for someones injuries should a claim for personal injury compensation be made after a slipping accident.
Whilst slipping accidents often look innocuous, the injuries people suffer as a result of a fall can often be serious. As a result, someone who has suffered painful injuries after slipping on a wet floor may well be motivated to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
As with all claims, to be able to succeed in a claim for personal injury compensation after a slipping accident, a claimant and their specialist solicitor will have to demonstrate that the people or business responsible for the area in which they were injured breached reasonable health and safety regulations and exposed them to the risk of injury that they suffered. With slipping claims, it’s important to show that a slippery floor wasn’t indicated or that a floor was made slippery yet nothing was done to warn people about it.
One thing that employers and shops are supposed to do is display a hazard warning sign – usually a yellow sign – at the site of a slippery or wet floor. This ought to enable people to see that the area could be dangerous and then take extra care when crossing the floor area. However, simply erecting a hazard sign may not be sufficient warning or sufficient to prevent the business or shop from being held liable for any accident and subsequent claim may arise.
Positioning of a hazard sign is vitally important. A sign must be visible, unobstructed and visible in advance of the slippery area. If a sign is displayed incorrectly, obstructed or in the middle of a slippery area that someone would have to already have walked part of to be able to see it, it becomes redundant and is no use. Therefore, just because a hazard sign is around and about, it doesn’t mean you won’t be able to claim compensation should you slip and fall. It’s not always easy to know if you have a valid claim for slipping accident compensation. That’s why we’re here. You can contact us and ask our team, we know your rights and know what questions to ask in order to evaluate whether or not your claim is likely to be strong enough to proceed.
If you or someone you know has slipped on a wet floor and been injured, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. If you want to find out more about where you stand, how the claims process works and whether or not you could make a claim on a no win no fee basis, contact us and we’ll help you to get things started.