Premises Liability and Lack of Warning Signs

By Larry A. Tawwater on January 23, 2019

Caution tapeSlip and fall accidents are one of the leading causes of personal injury in the United States. A great number of these accidents could have been prevented by the presence of a simple warning sign. Those who were involved in an accident and suffered injuries due to the lack of a warning sign may want to file a premises liability lawsuit.

Premises liability laws hold private and commercial property owners accountable for maintaining a safe environment for all invited visitors. The personal injury attorneys at Tawwater Law Firm, PLLC have represented victims of accidents related to premises liability and lack of warning signs. Contact our Oklahoma City, OK practice for a case review.

What Is Premises Liability?

Premises liability laws set a standard for property owners; it makes them responsible for maintaining the safety of their property.

When there are known hazards, such as a broken step or a wet floor, it is the property owner’s responsibility to address the problem. If issues cannot be dealt with immediately, property owners must, at the very least, alert visitors to the hazard. The most common way to do this is by posting some type of warning sign.

When warning signs or other safety measures are not in place and an accident occurs, the victim may have a premises liability case. Accident victims have a right to sue negligent property owners for all losses related to accident injuries, including lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.

Accidents Caused by Lack of Warning Signs

Slips and falls are the most common accident that is caused by the lack of a warning sign. Wet floors that are not properly marked are the most frequent example of this, but many other hazards can cause accidents as well.

Other issues that can lead to injuries include pot holes, cracks in the sidewalk, broken handrails, and torn or lifted carpet.

Proving Premises Liability

Before an accident victim can be compensated for damages, we must be able to prove a few key factors. Our attorneys will gather the evidence necessary to build a strong premises liability case.

This includes demonstrating that:

  1. The victim was an invited guest or had a legal right to be at the property where the accident occurred
  2. The accident resulted in injuries and other losses for the accident victim
  3. The property owner knew about (or should have known about) the hazardous condition that caused the accident
  4. The property owner knew, or should have known, that the hazard could pose a threat to others
  5. The property owner failed to correct the hazard or use warning signs to alert visitors to the hazard

Contact Us

If you have been injured in an accident and would like to learn more about your legal right to financial compensation, contact us at your earliest convenience. The experienced attorneys at Tawwater Law Firm, PLLC can discuss the details of your case and advise you of your best course of legal action. Call (405) 673-8021 to set up a personal consultation.

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