A slip and fall accident might occur due to an absence of warning signs, excessively wet floor, poorly maintained premises, and an assortment of other reasons. However, a property owner, whom you accused of negligence, may attempt to transfer the blame for the accident back onto you. Therefore, in this regard, an average person is responsible to follow these things.
Pay Attention to Directions or Warnings
Say a restaurant has put up many “wet floor” warnings in its reception area and other signs that direct guests to another walkway that is dry and safe. If one ignores these directions and warnings, and slips and falls on the wet surface, then that behavior could amount to irresponsibility on their part.
Avoid Big or Noticeable Displays
Say there is a big holiday season display right in the center of a shop. A customer who enters it and trips on the display may not have anything to hold against its owner due to the display’s size and obviousness. If one can see such a display or something similar that is easy for a reasonable person to step around, then it may also be reasonable for its owner to expect customers to act that way. However, if this store display had wires or cords upon the floor that they tripped over, then that could be an entirely different issue altogether.
Use Prior Knowledge
If you visit an oceanfront restaurant from time to time and know that its entrance area is wet just about all the time, then its owner may claim you also had a duty to use that knowledge to avoid the slip and fall in the first place. If you chose to run across that lobby, slipped and fell, then you should certainly have known better, or so the slip and fall claim might go.
Seek Appropriate Medical Attention
When you have sustained a slip and fall injury, you are also required to seek medical help as soon as you can. Otherwise, the concerned property owner can claim that you suffered injuries, like back pain, in a different accident or that delaying treatment has made your injuries much worse.
Those who sustain injuries as a result of a property owner’s negligence may be eligible to claim damages. However, such cases can have several complex aspects. So it is necessary to consult with an experienced slip fall attorney to review your particular situation as well as assess your options.