Premises Liability Pt. 1
A simple “Caution, Wet Floor” sign can go a long way. It is necessary that any danger available to a visitor of a property is clearly announced. And in the incident that sufficient Warning and Proper Safety Standards are not upheld, and someone is consequentially injured, the responsible person for that property may be held liable.
Premises liability Results
Premises liability results from an injury that is caused by an unsafe or poorly maintained facility. The most common case for premises liability is one associated with a slip and fall. Something like an unannounced wet floor can easily cause injury. In that case, a property owner who did not provide adequate signage might be responsible for their visitor’s fall. For a plaintiff to succeed in a premises liability case, they must prove that the property owner was negligent in keeping their premises safe. There are several instances in which a premises liability case might occur:
- The presence of snow and ice
- Inadequate maintenance of a structure
- Dog bites
- Water leaks and flooding
- Defective conditions
- Inadequate security
- Fire hazards
- Toxic fumes and chemicals
According to California state law, property owners and occupants must maintain a “reasonably safe condition” within their premises. Those who own, possess, or control property must:
- Inspect and manage the property
- Repair any potentially dangerous aspects
- Provide warning for potentially hazardous conditions
If you are a property owner, be sure to establish safety on your premises. And in the case of a wet floor or maintenance project, remember to warn visitors of the potential danger. In the promotion of safety, we at Peach and Weathers are prepared to take on a case of premises liability. Reach out today for expert legal counsel and guidance.
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