The purpose of a slippery surface sign is to warn passers by and customers that an area has had a recent spillage and could cause a slip injury. However, if someone does suffer a slip, trip or fall around the slippery surface sign who would be liable?
Slips, trips and falls where no sign exists
If a shopper were to sustain a slip injury due to a spillage in an area where there was no slippery surface sign then the liability may well be with the store. Incidents like this occur regularly and it is often attributed to negligence by the store in question. This is because they not only didn’t clear up the spillage but failed to mark the area as a slip hazard.
The liability very much falls on the store in question and in many cases, it can also fall upon them even when a slippery surface sign is out.
Slips injuries near a slippery surface sign
If a shopper has suffered a slip, trip or fall near a slippery surface, the situation is a little trickier as a number of mitigating circumstances come into play.
Contrary to popular belief, the fault may not fall directly with the shopper despite the slippery surface sign being out nor is it directly attributed to the store. It is likely factors like how long the sign had been up, whether anyone had attempted to clear up the slip hazard and just how far from the sign the slip, trip or fall happened would need to be scrutinized.
If the sign was placed there some hours before and clearing up of the spillage was not attempted, fault still may lie with the supermarket.
Make a claim
If you have suffered a slip, trip or fall injury due to a spillage that wasn’t cleaned or for any other reason and it wasn’t your fault, you may be able to make a claim. Accident Advice Helpline has a expert team of lawyers with over 15 years’ experience in personal injury claims. We can make the claims process as simple and as stress-free as possible and you may not even have to step a foot in a court room.
To find out more about making a slip, trip or fall injury claim speak to one of our friendly advisors on our 24-hour freephone helpline 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile. Alternatively to find out if you could be eligible to make a claim go online and take our simple 30-second compensation calculator test.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown