What Safety Hazards Might Appear on a Premises?

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It is sad to say that you can never have your guard fully down upon entering another party’s premises. This is because there may be potential safety hazards lying in every corner. Follow along to find out what safety hazards might appear on a premises and how a proficient Harris County, Texas personal injury lawyer at White Personal Injury can help you properly assign fault.

What are the different types of safety hazards that might appear on different types of premises?

Most commonly, a visitor or passerby may slip and fall due to the existence of a safety hazard on a premises. But there are many other ways in which an individual might incur injuries and damages, unfortunately. Below are different scenarios that possibly apply to you and your case:

  • You may slip and fall from uncleared standing water, snow, ice, or other debris on a sidewalk.
  • You may slip and fall from a loose step or railing in a stairway.
  • You may slip and fall from a lifted carpet in a store.
  • You may get food poisoning from spoiled food served at a restaurant.
  • You may get a head injury from a product display that fell in a supermarket aisle.
  • You may be made a victim of theft or a violent attack in a parking lot.

Who is responsible for the existence of a safety hazard?

A property owner may not necessarily be to blame for a safety hazard surfacing on their premises. However, they may be at fault for failing to clear it or remove it from their premises. This is because a property owner carries a duty of care in that they must frequently monitor their premises for potential safety hazards and address them in a timely manner. With this, they cannot claim to have missed a safety hazard that an otherwise reasonable individual would have easily detected.

Further, “in a timely manner” is a relatively general phrase; this timeframe may vary by case. But as an example, Texas law holds that a landlord must make a diligent effort to rectify a safety hazard within seven days from the date on which they received notice of it. Namely, this deadline is for critical repairs such as an unsafe roof or floor, a broken hot water heater, and faulty ramps or accessibility devices, among other things. And for non-critical repairs, such as a broken household appliance or a worn-out carpet, the landlord must handle this within 30 days.

Overall, as the plaintiff of a personal injury claim, you must prove that your injuries and damages were the direct result of a safety hazard on the negligent property owner’s premises. This is all to say that you must take your legal action seriously. This starts with retaining the services of a talented Harris County, Texas personal injury lawyer. Contact White Personal Injury today.

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