If you own any type of property that has frequent visitors, you could be held responsible if someone gets hurt while at your house or on your land. These lawsuits must prove that you were negligent in your property management duties for the accident victim to be awarded compensation. You can protect yourself against potential lawsuits by implementing the following practices.
Use Proper Signage
If you know about a potential hazard such as a hidden step or a slick floor, you could be held liable for an accident if you don’t warn visitors about it. Installing safety signs is an easy, cost-efficient solution. Walk around your property to identify potential hazards that may not be obvious. This may include bridges that could get icy and slick in the winter, uneven terrain, or small, hidden steps into your building. Once you know which hazards you need to warn people about, purchase safety signs and hang them near each obstacle. As long as the signs are there warning visitors of potential danger, you can’t be held responsible for an accident because you drew attention to the problem.
Inspect the Property Regularly
New problems can appear on your property at any time. If you don’t take the time to thoroughly inspect your property periodically, you may not be aware of new hazards such as broken asphalt or fallen tree limbs. May it a habit to check your property at least a month so you can find and fix potential hazards before they cause accidents.
Fix Hazards Immediately
If you know about a problem and fail to fix it in a timely manner, you are responsible for any accidents it causes. When you notice an obstacle that can’t be fixed quickly, block it off so visitors can’t access it. You should also place warning signs so people are aware of it. Make plans to have the issue resolved as quickly as possible. If the problem does cause an accident and you can prove in court that you were aware of it and took precautions to block it while actively trying to repair it, you can’t be held liable for an accident. You must prove that you were not negligent in your duties as the property manager.
A personal injury lawsuit can devastate your finances. To avoid being held responsible for any accidents that occur on your property, make sure you take the proper management precautions and do everything you can to keep the property safe for people to visit. Use these three tips to maintain a safe property.