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, and especially in supermarkets. 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 displayed, it doesn’t necessarily get someone off the hook in terms of not being liable for injuries should a claim be made after a slipping accident.
How hazard signs affect a claim
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. Slip and fall claims are often successful if it can be shown 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 provide sufficient warning or prevent the business or shop from being held liable for any accident, and subsequently a claim may arise.
Hazard signs must be displayed correctly
The positioning of a hazard sign is vitally important if it’s to do its job properly. A sign must be visible, unobstructed and placed 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 have any questions about liability or whether or not your accident scenario warrants a claim, please call our team on 01225 430285, or if you prefer, we can call you back. We can help you to understand your rights – we’ve successfully helped many clients claim compensation for their injuries and we’d love to help you, too.