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Posted On February 24, 2020

Wet Floor Signs: The Casino May Still Be Liable

Wet floor signs warn guests, employees, and others of potential danger, but they may not shield property owners from premises liability lawsuits in Nevada. A slip and fall lawyer can help injured people determine whether or not the business in question provided sufficient warning of a slip and fall hazard.

Wet Floor Signs in Nevada

Nevada businesses have a duty of care to warn customers, guests, employees, and others of hazards such as wet floors. Any business operating in Nevada has a duty to protect individuals from these and other foreseeable injuries. They also have a duty to warn people that these risks are present. 

Wet floor signs are part of this responsibility and property owners are required to ensure that these signs are placed in areas where leaks have occurred, where the floors have been recently mopped, where ice or snow makes the floor slippery, etc. The sign must be clearly visible and placed without delay. The sign must include warnings in multiple languages, include pictographs, and be of the appropriate yellow warning color to catch the attention of passersby.

Liability and Wet Floor Signs

Putting out a wet floor sign does not automatically absolve property owners of liability. For example, if the property owner fails to remove the sign when no danger is present, the sign loses its effectiveness when a real threat is present. Further, the sign may be obstructed or in a poorly lit area making it difficult if not impossible to see.

When a wet floor sign is present but fails to properly warn individuals of the risk, then the business owner can still be found liable for the injuries caused in a slip and fall accident. Ultimately, it is up to the court to determine whether or not a business owner adhered to safety warning regulations in Nevada and provided sufficient warning of a slip and fall risk. If the jury decides the warning was not sufficient, or if the owner failed to adhere to established safety regulations, then the owner may be determined to be legally liable for the injuries suffered by an employee, patron, or other individual injured on the premises.

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