Each day we may proceed onto new properties. These properties can include a trip to the grocery store, going to the gym and so many more places that may seem part of a daily routine. When walking on these properties, we do not expect to become injured. We believe that the property owner will take steps to remove hazards. However, if they fail to do so, they can be held responsible for an injury that you suffered from on their property. This can be known as a premises liability case. When you are on someone else’s property, such as a store, the owner of the property should ensure that there is nothing present to cause harm to customers. If they knew or should have reasonably known about the present hazard and did not take steps to remove it, they can be held accountable for your accident and subsequent injury. With colder weather upon us, snow and ice can lead to accidents where someone is injured. Property owners have a certain amount of time they are given before they have to remove snow from their area. If they do not remove the snow within this period of time and someone is injured, they can be held responsible for negligence. However, if an individual was injured before the time period of removing snow expired, they may not be able to hold the property owner responsible. They proceeded at their own risk instead of giving the owner time to remove the snow and take precautions to prevent slips from ice.
How can inadequate security be involved?
Inadequate security can be a cause for a premises liability case since security should be updated to keep people safe. Security cameras should be present to record traffic and activities on the property. If a crime were to occur, this can help law enforcement track down suspects and provide a time for the occurrence. Other security measures should be taken as well. When security measures prove to be inadequate, it may show that the property owner is negligent. If someone was injured on a property due to inadequate security, they may be able to hold the owner responsible for failing to update their security. Property owners should make sure they are updating their technology and securing their premises.
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