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Does Weather Impact Premises Liability Cases?

There are a number of potential issues involved in premises liability cases, including the presence of bad weather and how this may play a role in slip and falls. It’s important to know if this impacts a case and how it may deviate from potential legal options.

Understanding weather conditions and the way a premises liability case can be negatively impacted isn’t just for anyone to manage alone. Having a lawyer can help you understand what this means and ways to move forward effectively.

When It Can Hurt a Case

Weather may impact a case in a negative way when the owner of a property could do nothing to prevent it from causing a danger. For instance, if the slip and fall occurs because of a slippery floor caused by rain in an outdoor setting, there may not be much action the landowner can take to remove the danger.

In some cases, it may be argued that the landowner was unaware of a danger made by the weather. If this is the case, it may not be possible for the individual injured to pursue legal action against the negligent party.

When Weather Doesn’t Play a Role

Imagine it’s raining pretty hard outside. Water all across the ground, being trekked into different stores or buildings. Unfortunately, the more water that builds up on the floors in these buildings, the more potential there is for someone to slip and fall.

If the owner is aware of this danger, but they fail to either keep the floors dry or warn guests about the dangers, they put others at serious risk of injury.

Proving that negligence was involved despite the weather is difficult to do on your own, especially without the necessary resources to pursue a lawsuit. Having a Florida premises liability attorney can prove to be the difference in pursuing compensation and holding the negligent party accountable.

Call Viles & Beckman today at (239) 208-5223 for the legal representation you need. We’re here to help you.