Premises Liability and Lack of Warning Signs
Premises liability laws set standards for property owners to maintain a certain level of safety to visitors on their property. When maintenance issues are ignored and an injury occurs, negligent property owners may be held liable. Sometimes property owners may not be able to make necessary repairs immediately. Posting a visible warning sign can help alert visitors to hazards but failing to do so can result in accidents and injuries.
At the Ramey Law Firm, PLLC, attorney Hardin R. Ramey helps injured parties recover compensation in situations involving premises liability and lack of warning signs in Dallas, TX, and surrounding areas. If you have been injured in an accident that you believe was caused by the negligence of a property owner, we encourage you to contact the Ramey Law Firm to discuss the best course of action for your case.
Premises Liability and Warning Signs
Premises liability asserts that property owners have a legal responsibility for maintaining the safety of their property and allows for property owners to be held liable for injuries that occur to invited visitors due to a failure to maintain the safety of a property.
Hazards, such as a broken handrail or wet floors, need to be dealt with as soon as possible but sometimes repairs cannot be addressed immediately. When an issue cannot be fixed right away, it is the property owner’s responsibility to alert visitors of the danger. In such cases, a warning sign is often a good way to warn people of any dangers until repairs are completed.
What If There Is No Warning Sign?
Sometimes hazards, like broken stairs, wet floors from leaking water pipes, or torn carpet, are not addressed and left without a warning sign. Without a warning sign, visitors may not notice the hazard and as a result may suffer from an injury.
If a known hazard is present and the property owner has failed to post a warning sign or take other safety measures and an injury occurs, it may be possible to hold the property owner liable through a premises liability lawsuit.
It’s important to note that the property owner needs to be aware, or should have been aware, of a hazardous condition in order to be held liable. Also, if a warning sign has been posted, it must be visible. If it’s not visible and an injury occurs, it may still be possible to hold the property owner liable.
Holding Property Owners Liable
Dallas property owners are expected to maintain their property and provide a reasonable level of safety to their visitors. When such responsibilities are neglected and someone suffers an injury as a result, it may be possible to hold the property owners liable and recover financial compensation for damages through a premises liability lawsuit.
Through a premises liability lawsuit, it may be possible to recover compensation for such damages as:
- Ambulance costs
- Emergency room services
- Hospital bills
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages
- Future lost wages
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
Contact the Ramey Law Firm
If you have been injured on someone else’s property due to the owner’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and other damages. To learn more about your legal options, please call (972) 437-5577 to schedule a consultation at our Dallas law firm.