Whether you're a home or business owner, you want to make your property as safe as possible for all who utilize it. Not doing so could result in an accident or personal injury, and you could be held liable for damages. Below, Bronx, NY, premises liability lawyer Stephen B. Kaufman, P.C., discusses three ways to avoid a premises liability lawsuit.
How to Avoid a Premises Liability Lawsuit
1. Fix All Existing Damage
Even the most modern and sophisticated property can encounter building issues now and then. Older properties, with their outdated plumbing and outmoded structural and electrical systems, are even more vulnerable to potential problems. Whatever the age of your property, repair all existing damage to make it safe and usable for others and avoid a premises liability lawsuit. This means fixing leaks, addressing damage to floors and walls, and making sure railings and banisters are strong and secure.
2. Shovel & De-Ice Your Sidewalks & Driveway
Your outdoor spaces should be usable to anyone who lives or works onsite, and the public aspects of those spaces should be usable to members of the general public. Sidewalks and driveways are excellent examples of privately owned spaces that need to be safe for anyone who might utilize them. Property owners have an obligation to keep their driveways and walkways clear of snow and ice, so people can safely navigate these areas.
3. Perform Regular Inspections
Staying on top of issues before they start is the best way to prevent a premises liability suit. Make it a habit to regularly check your property for any problem spots. Inspect flooring and stairs, under sinks and around baseboards, and along sidewalks to ensure that everything is in proper working order. If you suspect a problem, call in a professional to remedy it as soon as possible.
If you have been injured because of a property owner's negligence, let Stephen B. Kaufman, P.C., help you explore your legal options. For more than 40 years, he has proudly served Bronx residents in all legal matters relating to accidents and injuries. Call (718) 822-0500, visit his law firm's website, or connect on Facebook or Twitter to set up a consultation today.