If a Store has a “Wet Floor” Sign, Do I have a Personal Injury Case?

Let’s say you’re doing your normal weekly grocery shopping, walking down the aisles with your eyes on the shelves, when the worst happens: You step into a slippery puddle, lose your balance, and before you know it, you’re flat on your back having injured something hitting the ground. Your thoughts instantly become “what did I hurt? Did I break something? That’s not supposed to hurt like that. Can I get back up?”

Once you’re able to get back up, you notice that there is a “wet floor” sign sitting 10 feet away. “Fat load of good it did me,” you think to yourself.

In a situation like that, do you have a legal case for personal injury?

Personal injury and negligence

wet_floor_3323751294In personal injury cases, you generally have to be able to prove that there was either intent to harm you, or the injury was as a result of someone’s negligence. This can be a hard thing to do given that the storeowner putting the “wet floor” sign out can be seen as a good-faith effort to warn people of danger.

There are a few situations where you could argue that the sign did not do its job, though. Some of these could be:

  • How far away from the puddle was the sign? Could someone with poor eyesight read it easily?
  • Was the sign facing where you slipped, or was it turned sideways so you couldn’t read what it said?
  • Was the lettering on the sign still in pristine condition, or had it been worn away over the years?

It is certainly not the easiest thing to prove a storeowner’s negligence when they placed a warning sign out for patrons, but there are without a doubt circumstances where a single sign was not enough warning, and unsuspecting shoppers could be injured.

If you have suffered a slip-and-fall injury and believe that you were not properly warned, don’t hesitate to get in touch with an attorney right away. You could have legal options.