No matter where you are in Raleigh, you are covered by National Safety Month. Whether you’re at work, at home or on the road, the National Safety Council’s observation of safety has a message for you to be careful, observant, smart and safe.
The nonprofit organization says June is devoted to “reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities.” Part of the burden is on us to be cautious as we make our way around Raleigh, and another part of the burden is on business owners and property owners to make sure their premises are safe for visitors.
One of the first items to understand about keeping your premises safe for visitors is that as a property owner or non-owner resident, you have a legal responsibility to maintain a safe environment. Your responsibility to do so is known as “premises liability,” a concept that holds you as owner or resident liable for accidents and injuries that take place on the property you control.
For instance, if you own a Raleigh home and order a pizza delivered, but the delivery person slips and falls on a driveway oil slick, you might be held financially responsible for the person’s resulting medical bills, time away from work due to the injury and more.
When a court looks at the case, it will consider the legal status of the visitor (was the person invited, or was the person trespassing, etc.), the condition of the property, the foreseeability of the accident and injury, and the reasonableness of efforts made to repair the condition or warn visitors of its existence.
If you or a loved one has been injured on someone else’s property, you might have a premises liability claim. Discuss your options with an attorney experienced in premises liability litigation.