By posting very visible signs “Not Responsible for Accidents”, could we still be held liable?

UPDATED: Oct 8, 2010

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By posting very visible signs “Not Responsible for Accidents”, could we still be held liable?

We have building insurance only on commercial rental property.

Asked on October 8, 2010 under Personal Injury, Georgia


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, you would still be responsible. People--including property owners, renters, etc.--cannot get rid of or avoid their responsibility to take care by simply posting signs. So if someone were injured on your property--especially someone you had "invited" there, such as actual or prospective clients or customers--were injured because you had been negligent in terms of maintenance, mopping up spills, installing lights, etc., they could still sue you. (If someone is hurt and it's not due to anything you did or failed to do, you should not be responsible for it.) You are advised to make sure you have adequate insurance; you also may wish to consider having commercial property held by a LLC or corporation, instead of you personally, so as to shield personal assets from any liability.

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