You are responsible for maintaining the safety of your property, and that property should be reasonably safe for anyone visiting it. If someone were to trip, slip or fall while on your property, you could be financially liable for their injuries.
Most slip and fall accidents that occur on private property are preventable. As a property owner, be sure to look out for the common hazards and do what you can to protect your guests, and yourself as well, from injury.
How to Make Your Home Safer
- Keeping Floors Free of Hazards – All floors and walkways should be free of hazards. That means picking up loose items and debris and making sure that a person could not trip or slip on anything in common walkways.
- Keeping Floors Dry – When your home has wet floors, it can increase the likelihood of a slip and fall injury. Even on a rainy day, you should have mats or towels placed on the floor to dry excess moisture and keep floor surfaces dry. Ask visitors to remove their footwear and install mats that soak up the excess liquid from those shoes at the entrance of your home.
- Repair Uneven Floors or Broken Railings – Any loose tiles, loose carpet or broken floorboards increase your home’s risk to cause injury. Also, loose or broken stair railings can increase the likelihood of a fall, while poor stair treads can increase falls and trips.
- Install Proper Lighting – You should always have proper lighting installed and used on your property. You could be held liable if someone is injured due to inadequate lighting. Illuminate the walkways to and from your home, and make sure obstacles such as gardens, pools and outdoor areas are properly lit so that individuals can make them out clearly in the dark.
- Arrange Furniture to Provide Plenty of Room – In common living areas, especially those that entertain guests, you should have your furniture arranged so that there is plenty of room to walk freely in the rooms. Overly-cluttered rooms increase the likelihood that someone will trip and fall.
As the homeowner, it is your sole responsibility to keep your property safe. While you may think that friends and family would never file a lawsuit against you, you must realize that in the event of a serious injury, they need compensation to cover their losses. You can avoid the issue of an injured family member or friend simply by taking extra precautions to make your home as safe as possible. By doing so, you can also decrease the likelihood that you will be injured in your own home.
Were You Injured in a Slip and Fall Accident? Contact an Attorney for a Consultation
Slip and fall injuries can cause serious injuries – from broken bones to brain trauma. If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall incident, contact the Hancock Injury Attorneys today. We offer free case evaluations and we can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Get started by asking a question online or by calling us toll-free at 813-534-6929 now.