Property Liability Cases You May Not Know About
As a property owner, you have certain obligations under federal, state and local laws. While these can vary, the essential point is that property owners are obligated to keep their buildings and land safe for those who are visiting or doing business there. If they fail to do this, then innocent people may suffer a personal injury that leaves them with extensive medical bills, among other issues. However, while you may be aware of the most common property liability cases, some that are a bit more unusual, or not seen as often, can be found here.
Swimming Pool Accidents
Are you planning a pool party? Do you want to celebrate summer for your employees at your personal pool? If so, you can be held liable if an injury occurs while someone is on your property. Even if the event is hosted by a corporation or business, the personal owner of the pool can be the one held liable.
Escalator or Elevator Accidents
These are found in both private and public buildings and required to be maintained on a regular basis for safety. However, even with these safeguards in place, there are hundreds of people who are injured each year due to a defect, inadequate inspection or units that are not maintained properly. This is also something that the building or property owner can be held responsible for.
Injury because of Falling Merchandise
Does your store sell any type of merchandise? If so, you need to ensure it is stacked properly to minimize the chance of an injury if it falls. If items are stacked too high, or improperly, this can cause serious injuries to customers.
If there is a part of your building or property that is not properly lit, it may result in an injury or accident for someone on the property. This, also is considered the property owner's responsibility. It is important to inspect all areas of your property and ensure lighting is working properly. This will minimize the potential for an accident.
Property vs. Product Liability
While property liability is a serious issue, it is likely not as well-known as product liability. The fact is this society is based on acquiring "things." While consumers trust manufacturers that put products on the shelves of stores, this does not always mean they are safe. As a result, items that you purchase can cause an injury, and then those involved with creating, distributing and selling the produce can all be responsible for the injury. In some cases, product liability cases are more complex than premises liability cases, due to all the people who can be held responsible.
Any time you are facing either issue, property or product liability, seeking the services of property lawyers can help minimize the effects of the situation.