Property owner responsibility
Believe it or not, a property owner can be held liable for your injuries if you slip and fall on their residential property? Yes, it is true. Just as it is with other personal injury cases, the owner can only be held liable if they are negligent. Many people erroneously believe that, simply because they are injured on someone’s property, the property owner’s insurance will cover their claim. The homeowner’s insurance will cover some of the injured person’s medical bills, but the homeowner is not liable unless he or she was negligent. It is helpful to have a Charlotte personal injury attorney assist with this.
Determining if a homeowner is negligent
A homeowner is not liable for an accident on their property unless negligence was a cause of the accident. Someone simply falling on the property does not mean that the homeowner was negligent. Even when there is a slippery or unsafe condition on the property, this does not mean that the homeowner is negligent. The condition that causes an injury has to be unreasonably hazardous.
The most common slip and fall accident in private homes involves stairways, throw rugs, carpets, sidewalks, and ice or snow.
Falling on stairways
Sometimes people trip on stairs by simple unavoidable accident. For example, if a woman’s high heel breaks, or someone misses a stair on the way down, that is obviously not the homeowner’s fault. However, there are liability factors that can contribute to someone slipping and falling down a set of stairs:
- A slippery substance left on the stairs
- Poorly designed, or missing handrails
- Risers are the wrong height, or are irregular heights
- Poorly placed rugs, or loose carpeting on the stairs
Slipping on Ice or snow
Slipping on ice or snow on residential properties is responsible for lots of injuries and a countless personal injury cases. Homeowners have a duty to act reasonably to make sure that ice and snow are removed from the sidewalk or path.
Charlotte homeowners must act reasonably to keep their private walkways in a reasonable state of repair. This does not refer to public sidewalks.
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