When you're in a building, it's common to notice a variety of signs that inform you about where to go if you want to exit the premises. For example, it's common to see "Exit" signs in a variety of locations that have arrows that point toward the building's exits. Building owners are supposed to mount these signs, but you may occasionally find yourself somewhere that the signs aren't evident. If you end up injured in one of the following types of incidents, you should speak to a law firm that handles personal injury cases. Your attorney may believe that the lack of signs had a direct link to your injury, and pursue a suit on your behalf against the building owner.
When a building is on fire, there's often a panicked feeling among those who are inside the building as they rush to get outside. In a familiar building, people will know the best route to take to escape, but if you're visiting somewhere for the first time, you'll rely on the signs to lead you to the closest exit. Unfortunately, if few signs or no signs at all are present, you may end up taking a wrong turn and perhaps being burned in the fire or inhaling smoke and sustaining lung damage. These are injuries that your attorney will argue are a result of the lack of proper signage.
In a similar way, people inside of a building will often flee through the nearest exit should a mass shooting break out. Failing to get out of this dangerous zone in a timely fashion could dramatically increase your risk of being hurt. For example, if the gunman were to shoot you because you were still in the building as a result of not being able to find the exit, this is something that can be the grounds for a personal injury suit against the building owner.
There are a variety of natural disasters that can make buildings unsafe places, often causing people inside of them to quickly look for a way out. An example is an earthquake, in which parts of the building can collapse and seriously injure or even kill those who remain inside. While running out of a building during an earthquake also has its share of risks, you may feel more at risk by staying inside. Unfortunately, your chance of an injury may be higher if the building lacks appropriate exit signage.
For more information, contact a personal injury attorney service.