Every business owner is responsible for the safety of everyone on their property, including customers, employees, and even trespassers in some cases. If someone is injured on your property, you could find yourself facing a premises liability suit, resulting in tens of thousands of dollars that could actually put you out of business. If you own a business, below are a few things you should know about premises liability claims.
A Brief Guide to Premises Liability Claims
Every Business Is Vulnerable
Most business owners who rent their location assume that their landlords will be on the hook for any premises liability claims. However, renters are equally responsible for providing a safe environment for their employees, and in fact, your lease probably explicitly states that you’re directly responsible for maintaining the property.
A Variety of Circumstances Apply
While customers slipping and falling is the most recognizable form of premises liability claims, many other situations can also provide grounds for a lawsuit. For instance, a malfunctioning machine that hurts a visitor or an oil leak that contaminates a neighbor’s soil can also lead to premises liability suits. Essentially, any accident that a reasonable person could have foreseen and prevented may expose you to significant losses.
Most Accidents Can Be Prevented
Remember, as a business owner you’re also legally responsible for the actions of your employees, so be sure every staff member knows to look out for potential hazards. If they find something, have a system in place to make sure it’s fixed immediately, and put up signs warning customers and others about the danger if you can’t be corrected right away. A few proactive safety measures can prevent serious injuries and expensive lawsuits later.
If you or a loved one has suffered due to unsafe conditions in a business location, Stephen B. Kaufman, P.C., has the expertise to help you collect the compensation you deserve. With more than 40 years’ experience and a reputation throughout the Bronx, NY, for achieving results, you can depend on this law firm to represent your interests and deal with the insurance company on your behalf. Follow their Facebook for more tips and advice, and visit their website or call (718) 822-0500 to discuss your premises liability claim.