If you are a property owner, you are obligated to keep your premises in reasonably safe condition. If someone is injured on your property you may be responsible for damages. Premises liability cases include a wide range of scenarios Follow these tips to help decrease the likelihood of someone injuring themselves on your property.
Keep your premises clean. Whether you are a homeowner or own a business, keeping floors clean and free of clutter can prevent slip and fall injuries. Make sure that walkways are free of obstacles. Clutter can also create a fire hazard by blocking exits. Clean up any spills immediately. If you own a business, set up periodic cleaning schedules so your employees can take care of any potential hazards such as spills or debris on the floor.
Periodically check floors, sidewalks, and other surfaces for hazards. Cracked, uneven sidewalks and floors are a preventable tripping hazard. If you find that something is in need of repair have it fixed immediately. In cold weather, make sure to clear ice and snow, and salt surfaces to prevent slip and fall injuries.
Ask for proof of insurance for all day laborers. General contractors, landscapers, house cleaners, movers and other workers can sue you they suffer an injury and do not have adequate workers’ compensation insurance. Ask for a copy of their Certificate of Liability Insurance, and call the agent listed on the card to verify that it is current and active.
If you own a dog, keep it under control at all times. Although dogs are considered man’s best friend, they can bite if not properly supervised. In most states, dog owners are liable for injuries caused by their dogs whether or not they were aware of their dog’s propensity to bite. If you know your dog is not good with people or other animals keep it in a secure area when you have visitors.
What to Do If An Accident Happens
Even if you take steps to keep your property in good condition, accidents still happen. If someone is hurt on your property, make a detailed report of the incident and call your insurance company immediately.
If you are facing a premises liability claim, the experienced legal team at Gold, Albanese & Barletti, LLC, can assess your case and help to ensure your rights are protected. Contact us at 732-936-9901 to schedule a free consultation today.