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Summer Premises Liability Concerns

by Jared Staver in Personal Injury, Premises Liability

The summer is a perfect time for outdoor activities, and it is also the season for vacationing. But with it comes certain liabilities that property owners should familiarize themselves with. However, it is equally important that you and your family also be informed of these liabilities, so you can take the necessary steps to prevent accidents or to get the help you need should an accident happen while staying at a summertime property.

Common Summer Accidents

Accidents can occur at anytime and anywhere. However, certain accidents are specifically associated with the summer and in particular to properties that host visitors who are vacationing. The following are some of the common summertime accidents you should be aware of:

  • Slip and fall – A slip and fall is a common property liability issue. Often associated with wet floors, a property owner has a responsibility to ensure that the walkways and paths are clear from objects or materials that can lead to an accident.
  • Animal bites – Just like humans, animals will come out to play when the weather is warmer. Generally speaking, a pet owner is responsible for the >actions of their animal, but a property owner who allows animals on his premises may also share in damages if that animal harms a visitor. In addition to pets, the summer time can also attract certain bugs and mosquitos, and if the owner fails to take the necessary steps to eradicate such pests, you could recover damages for resulting injury.
  • Pool drowning – Pool activities become very enticing in the warmer months of the year. Accordingly, pool drowning is more common in the summer as visitors and tourist cool off from the heat.

A property owner will not be responsible for every accident that occurs on his or her property, but the law attributes liability in two scenarios. Firstly, there is a duty to maintain the property so as to protect visitors from harm and a failure to do so can result in a lawsuit. Secondly, if the property owner fails to inform or warn you about potential hazards, for example not putting up a wet floor sign, you could have a viable case to recover compensation.

Types Of Compensation

All accidents have a victim and in many instances, there will be a financial loss. If the accident was caused by a negligent person or company, they are responsible under the law, and you may be entitled to compensation. The following are some of the categories of recovery that you can claim in a summertime premises liability case:

  • Medical expenses for current and future bills;
  • Loss of income for missed days at work;
  • Reduction in earning capacity;
  • Pain and suffering resulting from your injury; and
  • Any loss to the enjoyment of your life.

It is important to note that while a property owner has a responsibility under the law, an accident victim will not automatically receive compensation in all cases. If you were careless in your actions or ignore warnings, the property owner and by extension, the court can deny your request for compensation.

Consult A Premise Liability Lawyer Today

Personal injury claims involve complex procedures and technical legal calculations. It is important to have a lawyer on your side that has the required experience and knowledge to help you get the compensation that you deserve. At Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C., we provide legal representation to several victims of premises liability who have suffered loss and injury.

All personal injury suits are time sensitive. There is a lot of investigation, research, and preparation that goes into each case. Accordingly, it is important to hire a lawyer as soon as possible to ensure that your case is not affected by the statute of limitation. Call Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. today at (312) 236-2900 to schedule a free consultation and make us your premises liability lawyers of choice.