Newport News, VA asked in Personal Injury and Gov & Administrative Law for Virginia

Q: I slip and fell on government property with no wet floor signs. After I got injured they put wet floor signs up. Help

Are they liable for me slipping and falling? They had to now it was wet substance on floor, because they didn't they wouldn't had put wet floor signs after it happened

1 Lawyer Answer
Jan F Hoen
Jan F Hoen
  • Hampton, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: They obviously knew it was wet afterwards because you fell on it. It does not logically follow that they knew until after. I assume you reported it to them. Putting signs up afterwards was necessary to prevent any additional falls and does not in any way prove negligence.

Liability on the part of the property owner requires that you be able to prove that they were negligent because they knew BEFORE the incident and did not take reasonable precaution to warn and protect invitees to prevent a slip and fall.

If you are a government employee or contractor, you may have a worker's compensation claim that would not require proof of negligence.

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