This week, we have been discussing some of the circumstances in which an injury victim may be responsible or partially responsible for his or her own California slip and fall accident. If, near the hazard, there were clear warning signs posted which the person who slipped and fell ignored or failed to observe, then the fault of an accident may shift from the property owner to the injury victim.
If you have been injured in a slip, trip, and fall accident involving a warning sign, then ask yourself the following questions:
- Was the warning sign easy to read?
- Was the warning sign easy to understand?
- Was the warning sign posted in a spot reasonably close to the hazard?
- Could you see the warning sign at night or from your vantage point?
- Did the warning sign accurately portray the danger of the hazard?
- How long had the warning sign been posted?
- Was the warning sign faded, damaged, or otherwise altered?
- Would a reasonably careful person have seen and heeded the warning sign?
- Was there a reason you didn’t heed the warning sign?
- Was the warning sign enough to deter others from the area?
Slip and fall accident can be complex, because it may be difficult to determine ultimately who was responsible for an accident and injury. In many cases, more than one party could have been careless and negligent. An Orange County slip and fall attorney can help you review the details of your case and determine whether you should fight for compensation. To learn more about your case in a free claim evaluation, call Russell & Lazarus today at (949) 851-0222.