Property owners often assume that they are not liable for any injuries that happen on their property if the victim was not supposed to be there in the first place and they were really just trespassing. However, this is often not actually the case.
You have lived in your rental unit for about a year and the railing on the stairs has been loose the entire time. If you slip on the stairs, you're likely going to fall and may get seriously injured. You've told your landlord, but they have never come to fix it.
Sidewalks are durable, but they definitely break down over time. Temperature changes can cause cracks to spread. Tree roots can push pieces of cement higher than those next to them or literally break tiles in half.
We use stairs constantly without ever thinking of the risk -- until we fall, that is. A simple slip or trip on a staircase can cause massive injuries. These incidents can happen in homes, hotels, hospitals, schools, universities, stores, workplaces and almost anywhere else. All it takes is one bad step to find yourself in the hospital.
An aggressive dog runs out of a yard and comes straight for you. It is barking and snarling and baring its teeth. It is not on a leash and you do not see its owner anywhere nearby. What is your first instinct?
When people think about slip-and-fall accidents, they often think about the issues with the flooring itself. Maybe it's a staircase with a broken tread. Maybe it's a slick spot after a spill on a tile floor. Maybe it's snow and ice on a sidewalk that no one properly cleaned up.
You probably use the stairs every day, but do you ever think about the serious risks you face? It's worth considering, especially if you're often on property that you do not own: In stores, in public buildings, in an apartment or in a neighbor's house. You want to know what hazards could cause a serious accident.
When you think about slip-and-fall accidents on icy sidewalks, you probably think about northern states or the eastern seaboard. It's easy to assume that those who face very harsh winters have the greatest risks.
Many premises liability cases revolve around a dangerous condition that causes an accident. It could be something like a wet floor that leads to a slip-and-fall accident or a broken stairway railing that causes someone to fall down the stairs.
You recently got a job as a package delivery driver. You enjoy the work. You spend your time driving all over Maricopa and bringing people an endless string of items purchased on the internet.