Property owners' liability

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Updated: 4/13/2007 3:36 pm
Property owners are responsible for taking reasonable precautions to ensure the safety of anyone on their property. Many homeowners carry liability insurance to cover any claims made by people injured on their property. The homeowner has the responsibility to keep paths or steps clear of ice and snow, fence off potential dangers such as wells or drains, and generally maintain a safe environment. Business owners, and especially the owners of businesses open to the general public, are required to take particular care to maintain a safe environment. Any potential dangers, such as wet floors, must be clearly marked with warning signs. Failure to take these precautions can expose the owner to liability claims in the event of an injury occurring on their property. This liability doesn't normally apply if a trespasser is injured on the premises, although property owners are required to take reasonable precautions to prevent any injuries to trespassing children, particularly if there are things on the property such as playground equipment or other temptations that may lure a child to trespass. Responsibility for the safety of visitors extends to the entire property, including parking lots and privately owned paths and walkways. If you've been injured as a result of the negligence of the owner of a home or business, you may be able to claim damages for medical expenses, loss of income, and for pain and suffering.
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