Premises Liability (Tips for Holiday Visitors)

Premises liability law is a statute that holds the owner of a property responsible if someone enters their property and becomes injured due to a hazardous condition. Slip and fall accidents are the most common causes of premises liability lawsuit. As per stats available on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 33,381 lose their lives in unintentional fall each year.

It is imperative that you ensure that your property is free from any potential hazard, especially during holidays. You may find different tips pertaining to measures that you may take in order to reduce the likelihood of being subjected to premises liability. However, there are three steps that a homeowner must keep in mind to avoid premises liability:

Inspect your surroundings. Firstly, you must take a good look around your property on regular basis and diligently assess any area or condition that may pose a threat to your holiday visitors. This does not mean that you have to do it on a daily basis, but frequent enough to ensure that you remain aware of your surroundings. This will ensure that any potential danger can be identified beforehand rather than your holiday visitors discovering them the hard way.

Take corrective measures. After identification or discovery of unsafe condition, you should put your focus on taking corrective methods to eliminate the risk. You should primarily assume the responsibility of keeping surrounding of your house, which may include keeping your gardens, driveway, and front yard clear from any dangerous or hazardous conditions.

Give them a warning. In case you are unable to correct unsafe conditions immediately, you have an obligation to put a noticeable warning sign so your guests or any reasonable person visiting your property will be able to avoid the hazard. An example of prudent warning can be a yellow warning side indicating towards a pothole that can cause a slip and fall accident.

In addition to that, you must take extra precautions when you are expecting young visitors such children during holidays because festive decorations may contain small parts that may present a choking hazard. Moreover, ensuring that your property is well lit will also reduce the probability of any slip and fall accident from taking place. If there are broken lights or open wires, you must also make sure that they are removed and covered by electric tape respectively so that your guests are not endangered.

In addition to that, you should hang decorations very carefully to guarantee that they do not fall upon your holiday visitors. Finally, holiday seasons may come in winter, thus you should also take care of your driveway and sidewalk by shovel and de-icing to prevent slip and fall accidents.

If you or a loved one has sustained injuries due to someone else’s negligence, you can sue them for premises liability accident. It can be highly advantageous for your claim to render services of a seasoned personal injury lawyer. Your attorney will fight for your rights and ensure that you obtain rightful compensation for your pain and suffering.

Your personal injury lawyer will gather evidence to substantiate facts and devise a solid case against the negligent party. Using their vast experience and knowledge pertaining to laws and regulations that are applicable to your case, a veteran personal injury lawyer will prove negligence and help you obtain maximum compensating for your sufferings.

If you wish to seek further information about this subject or schedule a consultation session, contact the team at Wright & James, P.C. at 404-624-7447 to discuss your case with an experienced personal injury lawyer.


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