The role of hazard signs in personal injury compensation claims

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The infamous hazard sign, you know – the little yellow ‘A’ stand with an image of someone taking a tumble… the one placed on in McDonalds when one of their ever-so-happy staff have to mop the floor… It’s job is to warn you that the floor could be slippery.  Although they are not glamours accident claims, claims for compensation after slipping on a wet floor might seem innocuous, but they often lead to very serious injuries.

In the accident claim world, the hazard sign plays an important role. It warns of a risk and shows that a potential 3rd party have foreseen a risk and warned you of a hazard, therefore making unlikely that they will be liable to pay compensation to an injured person (although not always!).

The hazard sign though should be seen in more than one light and sometimes the hazard sign is invisible, but the hazard is blatantly obvious. What we are trying to say is that somethings, some activities even are inherently dangerous and pose the risk of serious injuries.

Coasteering, snowboarding, mountain climbing and other dangerous activities are just that… dangerous. If you have an accident in those circumstances, you are unlikely to have a successful claim. There was no hazard sign – the hazard sign was in the activity itself!

However, slipping on a wet floor in a shop, restaurant or similar venue with no yellow ‘A’ frame hazard sign in situ may well lead to a successful personal injury claim.

Some of the enquiries we get are ludicrous – such as the lady who was injured whilst coasteering – an extreme sport in which groups cling to cliff edges and jump in to the sea on the instruction of an instructor. Unfortunately, she didn’t jump when told and rather weekly stepped off the cliff and hit it on the way down. Painful injuries for sure, but her allegation of blame on the part of the coasteering company for not ensuring that she jumped far enough is misplaced at best.

At Direct2Compensation, we get a whole host of enquiries from injured people interested in pursuing claims. In order to know whether their claim for compensation after a slipping accident is valid, we ask questions such as, has the accident been reported to the 3rd party? Were there any hazard warning signs or markers out? The answers to this give us a lead as to whether or not to pursue a compensation claim.

Remember, just because a hazard sign is in place, it doesn’t absolve the business placing the sign out of the risk of being liable for injuries sustained. If you have had an accident and been injured because of a slip or trip, we advise you contact us.  We’ll know your rights and whether or not you can make a claim and we’ll be more than happy to help you.

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  1. T

    I slipped at work in staff toilets there was a spillage outside the toilets wet floor sign in situ but seperate by 2 doors and a corner leading into the toilets which unknown to me had recently been mopped. I have hurt my back and now work are saying that the wet sign covers not only the spillage outside in the corridor, but also inside the toilet?! Paramedics were called.

    • Ian Morris

      There is a valid case to pursue a claim for slipping accident compensation here. The erection of a hazard warning sign is an important indicator of the risk of injury by slipping. However, the location of the signage is vital too and it is important that people are made aware as to where a risk is. In this case, it would be expected that the sign provided was placed where the slip hazard was situated and that an area through two doors and around a corner would need a separate warning.

      Please use the ‘start a claim’ page of our website to make further contact with us in order that we can start your claim for compensation. Alternatively, you can call us to find out how we can help.

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