Premises liability involves one party making a claim against another party due to an injury or death occurring on someone’s property. There is an expectation that homeowners provide a reasonably safe environment for those who they invite to their homes. There is also an expectation that they seal off entry to anything that might pose a hazard, such as a swimming pool.
What are some ways that homeowners can help prevent premises liability in California?
Maintain steps and walkways
While southern California does not typically see the snow and ice that make walkways so hazardous in other parts of the country, it is still important for homeowners to ensure that walkways on their property are clear of anything that might cause a guest to trip or slip. Examples of hazards include fallen tree branches and slick surfaces due to rain. If you have a porch, make sure that any steps and railings are in good repair as well.
Safeguard your swimming pool
A homeowner can still be held liable if someone comes onto their property without their knowledge, falls in their pool and sustains an injury. Because of this, it is important that those who have a pool in their backyard put up a locked fence around it and cover the pool when not in use. When having guests with small children over, supervise the children at all times when near the pool.
Homeowners should be aware of and correct potential hazards around their property. By doing so, they can help avoid being on the receiving end of a premises liability claim.