Understanding How Warning Signs Affect Premises Liability Cases

By Mark T. Flickinger, JD on January 09, 2019

Caution tapeOften, a clear warning sign is all that is needed to prevent a serious fall. If you were injured on a private or commercial property due to a lack of a warning sign, you may have a premises liability case.

At Flickinger, Sutterfield & Boulton, our attorney can review your premises liability case to determine if you should proceed with legal action. Here, we discuss premises liability claims involving a lack of warning signs. Read on to learn more, and then contact our Provo, UT practice for a case evaluation.

What Is Premises Liability?

Picture this: you are walking in a public space, minding your own business, when suddenly you slip and fall in an unmarked hazardous area. The property owner’s failure to put up a warning sign results in a serious injury and costly medical bills for you.

The owner or caretaker of any place where a person is invited to be, whether public or private, is responsible for keeping visitors safe. At a minimum, if hazards cannot be eliminated altogether, the property owner must post warnings.

If a property owner failed to post warning signs and an injury occurred, the victim may have grounds to file a premises liability lawsuit.

Where Do These Types of Cases Occur?

Injuries may occur from from a lack of warning signs in places such as:

  • Retail stores
  • Parking lots
  • Construction sites
  • Workplaces
  • Shopping malls
  • Restaurants

What Factors Must Be Present in a Premises Liability Claim?

If you slip and fall in a grocery store, one issue that will come up is whether or not the store had appropriate warning signs in place to mark the danger in that specific area.

If signs were present, the owner of that store fulfilled his or her duty to warn shoppers of the dangerous condition. If warning signs were not present, the owner may be liable for your injury.

In Utah, a few conditions must be met to make a premises liability case:

  • The injured individual had a right to be on the property
  • The owner or caretaker knew or should have known about the hazardous condition
  • The owner or caretaker knew or should have known that the hazardous condition presented a risk of harm

Which Types of Accidents Can Result from a Lack of Warning Signs?

Slip and fall accidents at grocery stores are merely one example of an accident that may qualify for a premises liability claim. Without proper warning signs, wet floors, cracks in sidewalks, carpet tears, potholes, and many other obstacles may go unnoticed and lead to serious injury.

How Can a Premises Liability Attorney Help after an Injury?

There are many factors to consider in a premises liability case. In addition to whether or not a sign was present in the area the injury occurred, the design and placement of the sign, as well as the nature of the hazard can play a role in determining whether the property owner satisfied his or her duty

It is important that you have a premises liability attorney on your side that understands how to evaluate and successfully pursue these cases.

Contact a Premises Liability Lawyer

At Flickinger, Sutterfield & Boulton, our premises liability attorneys are well-versed in all types of premises liability cases, from slip and fall accidents to parking area crimes.

Let us work on your behalf to secure damages on your behalf. Contact us online or call (801) 370-0505 today to schedule your free initial consultation.

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