When accidents happen on someone else’s property, a lawsuit can be filed under premises liability. The upkeep and safety of the surroundings are the responsibility of property owners. You might be entitled to launch a premises liability lawsuit against them if they fail to promptly fix dangerous conditions and seek damages for any injuries you sustained as a result of their carelessness. If the property owner was careless or didn’t use proper signage to warn people, any damage sustained while on their property can result in a premises liability claim. This extends to individual residences, commercial establishments, open spaces, and even governmental structures. Additionally, a wide range of dangerous situations may be covered under the legal definition of premises responsibility. Speak with an experienced lawyer to learn more about premises liability injuries and the actions you need to take.
Following are a couple of hazards on a property that can lead to accidents;
According to laws, a commercial building should have adequate fire safety measures to prevent any unfortunate event. For residential buildings, a smoke detector is a necessity to catch fire before it becomes unmanageable. Unfortunately, despite the laws, many building owners fail to implement proper fire safety procedures. There have been cases where major fire damage could’ve been prevented if the owners had been a little more proactive.
Equipment or Structural Hazards
Typical dangers that could cause a slip-and-fall accident include cracked, crumbling, or uneven flooring and sidewalks, wet floors, snowy or icy paths, damaged or uneven staircases, wet floors, rippled carpet, obstructions on the floor, and poor lighting. Faulty machines such as elevators can also lead to accidents.
Environmental and Health Hazards
Environmental hazards may include being exposed to harsh weather conditions, wildlife, and natural disasters that can lead to accidents. Also, environmental hazards can lead to health hazards such as poor quality of air, exposure to diseases in the atmosphere, and hazardous substances. They can not only lead to accidents but also cause fatal diseases. This is especially true for people working in the chemicals industry or bio-labs.
Poor lighting in places like parking garages, where violent attacks can occur, inadequate security staffing, a lack of a security system, and unmonitored entryways are common problems that may constitute negligent security. In addition to it, unsecured doors and windows can also cause a security hazard.
This involves workplaces that are not properly designed. This can include office furniture such as chairs, desks, and computer equipment, which were either not maintained properly, needed some repairs or were unsafe to use.
Property owners should regularly inspect their properties and look for factors that might lead to accidents. They should identify and eliminate potential hazards and implement all the policies and procedures. Also, they should train their employees and people working on the property on proper safety procedures and how to identify issues, protect themselves and respond in emergency situations. Effective communication among property owners and people residing or working on the property can also help in preventing accidents. These steps will significantly reduce the risk of accidents and harm. You can seek the help of a personal injury attorney if you’ve been hurt as a result of someone else’s property being carelessly maintained.