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Slip and Fall Failure to Warn - No Warning

There are many cases where a slip and fall accident occurs due to the failure to warn someone about a potential hazard. If you feel as though your slip and fall accident was caused by failure to warn negligence by another party, a Fort Lauderdale slip and fall lawyer may be able to help you get the money that you are entitled to. By contacting a personal injury attorney, they can listen to what happened and look at the evidence to see if you have a valid claim.  The Injury Firm provides free consultation.

Failure to warn is a basic safety rule that says if a business knows (or should have known) about a potential hazard, they need to make this information known so people don’t get hurt. If they fail to warn others of the hazard, they should be responsible for any damages that occur as a result. “Failure to warn” is the legal terminology and this matters for your claim.

There are certain types of accident cases where this legal term comes up, including:

  • Slip and Fall Accidents

This is the most common case where failure to warn applies is for slip and fall accidents. This could be because the floor is unreasonably slippery to begin with or because something spilled and it wasn’t cleaned up in a reasonable amount of time. Not having any warning in this case is just as important as the person’s responsibility for cleaning up the mess.

  • Trip and Fall Accidents

Trip and fall accidentals typically occur because there is some surface that is raised up or uneven, which can be potentially hazardous for people. This includes debris, uneven stairs, or simply a hole in the ground. These are the type of things that owners should fix, maintaining these surfaces so that they aren’t dangerous. The owners often know about, but either ignore or put off the task.

  • Negligent Security Accident

These accidents can be very deadly. One example of this type of accident is if there is a foreseeable criminal activity that the owner should have been aware of but didn’t warn anyone or resolve the situation, they are liable for the damages.

Any attempt at a warning is better than no attempt at all. These are some examples of ample warning:

  • Barricades around any holes
  • Cones or yellow tape around spilled liquid or uneven surfaces
  • Signs indicating wet floor or another hazard
  • Covers for holes
  • Signs that discuss hazard ahead
  • Signs warning that the floor is slippery
  • Yellow paint to indicate change of elevation
  • Fencing surrounding dangerous areas
  • Bright colored stripes to indicate steps

Businesses have an adequate amount of time to fix hazards or warn others of potential hazards so that they can be safe. From cleaning up a mess quickly or simply putting signs down, these are some simple ways to avoid potential injuries to your staff and customers. Fixing problems before they become issues may be a bit of an investment, but this investment is a lot cheaper than having to pay damages if a person gets injured. Our team can help you determine if failure to warn is responsible for your injuries so you can get the settlement you deserve.

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