The Impact Warning Signs have on a Slip, Trip, or Fall Claim
Slip, trip, and fall cases are common throughout the United States and increasingly common in Florida. Some individuals are fortunate enough to get back up right after a fall and continue tending to their affairs. Unfortunately, others are not so lucky. A slip, trip, or fall can happen in a split second; however, the impact of a fall can be devastating, wreaking havoc on an individual’s life.
A recent survey indicated that more than 50 percent of Americans have less than $1,000 to their name. Nearly 25 percent of Americans have less than $100 in savings. These individuals are only one paycheck away from being in a financial disaster. Weeks out of work could equate to homelessness. During these difficult times, the attorneys at Eighmie Law Firm, P.A. want to take some of the burden off of your shoulders. When everything goes wrong, our attorneys fight to make it right.
Modern Day Business Practice: Limiting Losses
Unfortunately, business owners are not focused on righting wrongs that occur on their premises. Instead, after a slip trip or fall business owners are focused on numbers and finding out how much this will impact finances. Business owners typically want to pay as little as possible, so they look at all possible arguments that will limit their liability.
One way that businesses try to limit liability is to show that the customer was notified of a dangerous condition because a warning sign was posted. Warning signs can include anything from temporary notices such as a “wet floor” signs around pools and yellow caution tape. There are also permanent fixtures such as signs alerting the traveler to “watch your step” as they are traveling on a stairway or “caution hot” signs over sinks and on coffee pots. To some extent these signs protect business owners because they alert customers to potential hazards, which reduces the chances of injury, preventing liability. However, the mere presence of a warning sign does not necessarily limit the liability of a business owner.
In Florida, negligence is not waived if the injured party may have been alerted about a dangerous condition due to the presence of a warning sign. A business owner may still be held liable for damages caused by a slip, trip, or fall, in Florida if:
- The business owner had a duty to protect you from a hazardous condition located on the premises by conforming to a certain standard of care;
- The business owner breached their duty by failing to conform to their required standard of care; and
- The breach resulted in damages.
If the elements listed above are met, a business may be held liable for your injuries, regardless of whether a warning sign was posted.
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The attorneys at our firm are focused on obtaining fair compensation for our clients. If this is also your goal, we believe you may be a perfect fit. Contact one of our offices today to arrange an initial consultation.