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Autumn comes with risks for property owners

On Behalf of | Sep 21, 2018 | Firm News, Premises Liability

Adults and children enjoy being out in the lovely fall weather. Therefore, it is imperative that property owners take steps to ensure that people remain as safe as possible when they are walking around. There is a chance that you will face a lawsuit if someone has an accident on your property and suffers an injury.

One thing to remember is that the fallen leaves on the sidewalks and other surfaces will be slippery if they are wet. While this isn’t likely to cause a problem for most adults, children who are running about and adults who rely on walkers or canes might be at greater risk of falling on the leaves. These falls can be devastating to them, especially if they are seriously injured.

Property owners have a duty to ensure that their sidewalks are free from debris, which includes leaves. If anyone falls and suffers an injury on someone else’s property due to the leaves, they might have a claim for compensation that could help cover the expenses that come with a serious injury.

There is also a chance that tree limbs might come loose and fall. Therefore, people should also be aware of what is above them when they’re walking around outdoors. If a large tree branch falls on your head, it could cause extensive injuries and possibly death.

If you learn that someone was injured on your property, don’t admit that is was your fault or say that you are going to take care of them. Don’t even apologize to the person. You may need to present a defense against the person’s claims if they opt to take legal action to seek compensation.