With summer just around the corner, it is important to take a good walk around your property to determine whether it is safe. Now is the time when barbecues, bonfires, graduation parties, and other summer celebrations seem to happen every weekend all the way through Labor Day. It is important that if you are planning to have people over, you make sure there aren’t any safety hazards that can result in an injury and even a lawsuit.
There are a number of different ways that you can make sure your property is safe for your guests. One place a lot of people get injured is on a porch or a deck, especially those made out of wood or stone. It is important that you make sure there aren’t any loose stones, stairs, or sharp pieces of wood that have the potential to hurt anyone walking on it. If you have a pool that guests will swim in, make sure there is a handrail on the stairs so anyone entering or exiting can do so safely. If there is a playground or a swing set, it is important to double check that nothing rusted over the winter and no screws became loose to ensure the safety of any children who may play on it. If you are having a bonfire at night, make sure everyone keeps a safe distance. You should walk around your yard and collect any debris that may be lying around so no one trips and hurts themselves.
Though it may seem as though these are no brainers, sometimes checking for safety gets pushed to the wayside in preparation for a lot of guests to come over. The last thing you want is for a guest to get injured on your property and bring a lawsuit against you for negligence.
What to Do If You Were Injured
If you were injured on someone else’s property, it is important that you try and collect as much evidence as you are able to before leaving to seek medical attention. This will be beneficial in proving that the property owner was negligent, which is a critical part of any personal injury case. If you need a personal injury attorney to help you navigate the process after an accident, contact our firm today.