Does Posting a Warning Sign Exclude a Property Owner from Injury Liability?
Property owners have a legal responsibility to keep their property safe for any visitors. If a home or business is unsafe due to the negligence of the property owner, and a person is injured, the property owner can be held liable for negligence.
Part of a property owner’s responsibility to keep their space safe includes posting warning signs to alert visitors of hazards. However, posting a sign does not necessarily exclude a property owner from liability if a person is injured. A sign must be visible and effective at preventing injury.
Is the Sign Visible and Effective?
A warning sign must be visible and legible in order to be effective. The action of simply posting a warning sign is not enough to exclude a property owner from liability; the property owner must also take steps to ensure the sign is well lit and easy to understand.
How Dangerous is the Hazard?
Even if a sign is easy to see and understand, it may be ineffective at preventing injury if a hazard is especially dangerous. While signs can be effective at alerting visitors to dangers such as wet and slippery floors, a sign may not be as helpful if the danger is more serious. For more severe hazards, a property owner may need to take more substantial measures to prevent injury.
Was the Property Owner Negligent in Preventing the Hazard?
If a property owner was negligent and allowed unsafe conditions to remain at their home or business, posting a warning sign will do little to minimize their liability. Premises liability claims aim to hold negligent property owners accountable for failing to create a safe environment, and therefore causing injury to visitors. Even if a property owner does post a sign, this action could be evident of minimum effort on the behalf of the home or business owner to correct their negligence. If a property owner’s negligence caused you to sustain an injury, they can still be held liable for damages, regardless of whether they posted a sign warning of any dangers.
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