Summer is the season when people have more free time for going on vacation and engaging in fun outdoor activities. As a result of more people going places to have fun, it’s important for property owners to know about their responsibilities and to ensure that their properties are safe. It’s also wise for you to know about the most common summer premises liabilities so you can avoid a potential disaster.
Common Summer Accidents
Although an accident can happen anytime regardless of your location, certain incidents generally take place more during the summer. If you are visiting certain properties during the warmest months of the year, you want to be aware of these common accidents. They include the following:
Slip and fall: Slip and fall accidents are probably the most common type of premises liability. They usually occur as a result of uneven walkways or stairs, wet floors and pathways that are littered with objects. The property owner is liable to ensure that paths, walkways, and stairs are in good condition and clear of obstructions. If a floor is wet from being mopped or due to a spill, they must put up a warning barricade that is in plain sight.
Animal bites: Animal bites are common during the summer. More pets are outdoors with their owners, who are responsible for their actions if they bite and injure a person visiting a premises. Additionally, there are more insects around during the summer. If you are on a premises and certain bugs bite and injure you, the owner can be held responsible if they failed to eliminate them. For instance, if you stay at a hotel infested with bed bugs, you can sue the property owner.
Pool drowning: Pools are extremely popular during the summer and more people visit to take a dip and cool off. Drowning is a common problem during this time of year as well.
It should be noted that not every accident that occurs on a premises automatically results in a landlord being liable. For instance, if someone trespasses onto a property to commit burglary or some other offense and trips and sustains an injury, there would be no liability.
Types of Compensation
If you are involved in an accident while visiting a property during the summer or any other time of the year, you will definitely face some sort of financial loss. There are certain types of damages you can claim compensation for in a summer premises liability claim, which include the following:
Current and future medical bills
Loss of income if you miss time from work
Reduction in earnings capacity
Pain and suffering
Loss of enjoyment of life
If you have been injured during the summer in a premises liability accident, you need a skilled attorney to handle your claim. Contact Stern Law Group at (877) 661-9900 for a free consultation to discuss your case.