You know those caution wet floor signs that are sometimes seen in grocery stores -- or really any place of business where the floors have just been previously cleaned or there's been a spill? Well those signs are important for a business to put up, as it lets shoppers and patrons know that there is an apparent danger and to use caution to avoid a painful slip and fall.
But the real question is what happens if there is no warning sign and a person does slip and fall and ends up with painful injuries? In those cases, a premises liability case can be brought against the owner of the business.
Recently this exact scenario happened to one woman. At the time she was stopping into a McDonald's. When she walked into the fast food restaurant, she ended up slipping and falling in some water that was left on the floor.
The fall caused her painful injuries, and now she is suing for the medical expenses that she has already incurred, and the alleged future medical bills she will also end up with due to the need for ongoing treatment for her injuries.
In her lawsuit she is also suing for court costs, pain, lost wages, disfigurement, mental anguish and impairment. The lawsuit is against R.E.E. Inc., which is doing business as McDonald's, and the manager of the fast food restaurant.
According to her lawsuit, McDonald's and the manager should both be held liable for her injuries and other damages due to the fact that there were no caution wet floor signs at the time of her slip and fall. The lawsuit also claims that it was the responsibility of the defendants to protect their patrons from hazards.
Source: The Southeast Texas Record, "Slip & fall filed against McDonalds," David Yates, Sept. 21, 2011