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10 Ways to Prevent Premises Liability Claims

If someone gets hurt on your property - you could find yourself in deep trouble. Any injury that occurs on the premises of a property can be cause for the filing of a premises liability claim against the property or business owner. This is the importance of having liability insurance on your property. While accidents happen, there are ways to prevent them and premises liability claims from being filed against you. Below, our excellent team of premises liability attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers break down the different ways premises liability cases can be prevented.

Property Owner’s Duty of Care


All property owners owe their visitors a duty of care to their premises. What this means is that they have the responsibility to ensure a safe visit for all visitors. Some examples of premises where accidents most commonly happen include: supermarkets, pools, theme parks, homes, and schools. While property owners do not owe a duty of care to trespassers, the exception exists for all children. There are a number of different ways visitors can get injured while visiting a premises, including though not limited to: slipping and falling, getting hit by an item, being assaulted, or being bit by a dog. If a visitor is injured on your property, they have the right to file a claim to your property insurance company. If you do not have insurance, the aggrieved individual has the right to file a lawsuit against you personally and receive compensation for their injuries that way.

10 Ways to Prevent Premises Liability Claims


While some accidents are inevitable, they are preventable if the proper precautions are set in place. Here are the top 10 ways to prevent premises liability claims against you: 

  1. Installing and monitoring cameras is essential to maintaining security and having proof of activity throughout the premises. This is a simple way to keep watch of potential hazards throughout the property and have proof of the events when it comes to someone making a claim about sustaining an injury by an accident that occurred on the property. 
  2. Providing signage warning about risk upon entry is an essential piece to protect a property from premises liability claims. Signs that clearly state the risks involved with entering the property further diverse liability away from the property owner and onto the visitor who took the risk upon entering the property. 
  3. Attending to any issues that need immediate attention is essential to preventing accidents from happening. For example, any time there is a spill, assign someone to pick it up and place signs around the affected area to let visitors know of the hazard at hand. Any time there is notice of an item that obstructs the walkway of visitors, pick up the item and assure that the obstruction is removed. 
  4. Maintaining upkeep of the premises is essential to providing a safe visit. Continuously fix up the premises and do not let any safety issues on the property go unattended for long periods of time. 
  5. Supplying sufficient lighting throughout the premises is important to prevent injuries sustained from not being able to see and assault that can result in theft, sexual abuse, and even murder. 
  6. Assuring that all doors, fences, and gates function correctly and can lock is part of providing adequate security to the premises. Doing so can prevent trespassing, break-ins, and assault. 
  7. Respond to emergency calls and situations as soon as possible. This is important to address issues on the property as they are happening in order to mitigate the issue, provide assistance, and prevent it from getting worse. 
  8. Providing a professionally trained security on the premises could be a great way to enhance security on a property. Having the physical presence of someone monitoring the premise in live time can prevent risky behavior from occurring on the premise that can cause an accident. However, it is important that the security guard knows how to de-escalate situations and take the adequate steps to address accidents that do happen. If they don’t, having one on site could place further liability on the property owner. 
  9. Inspecting property regularly is crucial to maintaining the safety of a property. Doing so regularly is important to inform the property owner of what maintenance needs doing and assuring the well-being of all visitors to the premises. 
  10. Taping off areas that need attention or that are under maintenance can prevent visitors from entering or engaging with certain areas that might be dangerous, cause an accident or injury.

How Premises Liability is Determined


Premises liability is determined on a couple of different factors that regard the accident and the property owner’s negligence that caused the accident. The individual making the claim must prove the following: 

  • that the injury was sustained in an accident that occurred on the property;
  •  that the owner knew of the circumstance that cause the accident to occur; 
  • and that the property owner did nothing to address the issue that could have prevented the accident from happening. 

How a Premises Liability Claim Can Affect Reputation


Having a premises liability claim can tarnish the reputation of a business, common place, or even a friend. In most cases, publicly denying that an accident occurred on your premises can do more harm than good. While it is wise to not publicly refute a claim made against your property, you can still mitigate the financial damage and other damage done to the reputation of a property by having a specialized premises liability attorney on your side. They know how to work with insurance companies and mitigate damages.

Need a Premises Liability Attorney? West Coast Trial Lawyers Can Help


If an accident occurs on your property, you should consult an attorney about your premises liability case. Our experienced team of premises liability attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers can help. Call us today at 888 341 9802 or email [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring, and compassionate expert personal injury legal team.

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