Can Warning Signs Affect a Premises Liability Case?
In some cases, a warning sign on a property may determine that somebody was warned of certain conditions the moment they entered a property. In very obvious ways, this could drastically affect the outcome of a premises liability case. However, in some cases you may wonder whether or not a warning sign is required. If it isn’t, then its presence does not affect liability in any way.
Standard of Care
The ‘standard of care’ can affect a case dramatically. This is the amount of caution that somebody must exercise given certain circumstances. A property owner could or could not be held liable for injuries depending on the status of the person entering the land, based on whether they were an invitee, licensee, or a trespasser.
After you have determined whether or not a warning sign was required on the property, you must determine the effect of the warning sign. For instance, it will only play an important role if the person entering the property is made aware of hidden dangers, such as cracks on a sidewalk or holes in the yard. Warning signs are not effective if a sign is too small, or placed in an inadequate location such as so far away that nobody will see it in time before they come into contact with the hazard. In other cases, a sign may be unreadable and the entrant will not be made aware of dangers. In these cases, the property owner could be held liable because their warning sign was not adequate in nature.
If you have been injured on somebody else’s property, you may have a case against them. This is especially true if there were harsh conditions that put you at risk. This is why it is a good idea to have an attorney on your side that understands your case. Call us today for more information.