Property owners and managers alike have a duty to keep their residents, visitors and consumers safe at all times. Whether this means replacing worn carpeting or ensuring that a security staff is properly trained and adequately stationed, these actions can protect unsuspecting individuals from unnecessary and preventable harm.
While there are countless scenarios that can lead to dangerous premises, there are certain situations that are more commonplace in resulting in injuries, including:
- Broken tiles
- Pavement upheaval
- Ripped carpeting
- Pooled water
- Oil or other chemical spills
- Poor lighting
- Uneven stairs
- Loose or missing railing
Accidents can happen under numerous circumstances, but when injuries are caused due to negligence or inattention it can be a frustrating experience. While it might not be possible for property owners, supervisors or managers to account for uncooperative weather conditions or natural hazards, they must provide warnings or take quick action to mitigate the danger.
Common places where accidents can occur include:
- Shared areas of apartment complexes such as a pool, workout facility or laundry room
- Parking garages
- Parking lots
- Department store entrance
- Grocery store produce department
Property owners have a duty to maintain a safe environment to protect others from injury. Whether these are residents of or visitors to an apartment complex or shoppers in a grocery store, these managers and supervisors have a responsibility to prevent slips, trips and falls in all types of weather. In these situations, a legal claim based on premises liability can be a complex matter. It is wise to seek the guidance of an experienced attorney.