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Car damaged in work parking lot by sign

When I was at work, the wind blew an
unsecured sign in to my car. I was
parked under a camera and they have
video proof that’s how the damage was
done. Is my employer responsible to
either fix it or compensate me for the
damage?

Asked on July 23, 2016 under Accident Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Your employer is most likely not liable (or responsible) for the damage, and so would not be obligated to fix it or pay for it. You write that the wind blew the sign into your car; the employer is not responsible for the wind, as that is outside its control. You do write that the sign was unsecured; IF given the nature, size, weight, etc. of this sign it was unreasoanbly careless to not secure it, that failure could possibly make the employer liable, but the mere fact that the sign was unsecured does not, by itself, mean that it was careless to not secure it--many businesses, parking lots, etc. have unsecured signs, and it is considered reasonable to have such. You would have to sue your employer (incurring the cost of a lawsuit, and the job consequences of suing your employer), then prove in court that something about this sign made it unreasonable to not secure it, in order to prevail.


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