wet floor sign

It is understandable if you slip and fall on a wet floor if the spill is a transparent color; if the spill is not in your direct line of vision; and if the spill does not have any signs, cones, or barricades surrounding it. But what is not understandable is if the property owner fails to take the blame for your accident. Read on to discover whether you have a case after a slip and fall on a wet floor and how a seasoned Washington, D.C. slip and fall lawyer at Simeone & Miller, LLP can help you hold the negligent property owner accountable.

What are possible damages after slipping and falling on a wet floor?

On the surface, slipping on a wet floor may not seem like that big of a deal. But you must take into account the blow your body may take upon falling; your health conditions that may preexist your fall; the other hazardous conditions that may exist at the scene of your fall; and other external factors that may contribute to the severity of your injuries. Without further ado, the possible damages that may result from your slip and fall on a wet floor may entail the following:

  • A traumatic brain injury, leading to permanent disability.
  • A spinal cord injury, leading to nerve damage or paralysis.
  • A knee or shoulder injury, leading to intensive surgeries and rehabilitation therapies.

Do I have a case if I slip and fall on a property owner’s wet floor?

Failure to warn is the argument that is commonly made by plaintiffs of slip and fall accidents. For your specific case, you may claim a failure to warn so long as you can prove that the property owner did not post any warning signs that would have allowed you to heed the wet floor. This may be accomplished by taking photos and videos at the scene of your slip and fall, specifically of the wet floor absent of a warning sign.

You must acknowledge that Washington, D.C. law does not necessarily require property owners to post the traditional yellow, A-frame wet floor sign. But even still, you may argue that the property owner was negligent in their efforts toward blocking off or cleaning the wet floor; and that your slip and fall accident would have otherwise been preventable.

For one, this may be accomplished by testimonies from bystanders who noticed a lack of barricades or employees standing in front of the wet floor. Or, you may gather testimonies from employees who noticed the wet floor left unblocked or uncleared in the hours or even days before your slip and fall accident took place.

But at the end of the day, the best way to ensure your financial compensation is to retain the services of a competent Washington, D.C. injury lawyer. So please do not hesitate to contact Simeone & Miller, LLP today.