When someone slips and falls and is hurt because of unsafe property or building conditions, they have a right to file a slip and fall claim against the owner.
Homeowners and business owners have a responsibility to protect an people on their property.
A landowner has the most duty to protect invitees on his or her property. There are two kinds of invitees, a business visitor and a person who has received a public invitation.
The business visitor is someone who shares a business purpose with the landowner. A good example is someone who walks into a store. The landowner must make sure that the store and the parking lot are safe for the public.
The landowner must repair any dangerous conditions on the property, that he or she is aware of, and warn any business visitors of dangerous areas that have not been repaired.
A public invitation includes any person on land that is open to the public. A good example, are visitors in hospitals and users of public parks. Even though they don’t have a business purpose, they are entitled to be safe when walking around.
Also, the law has always recognized the possibility of children to run about, climb and play, so landowners usually owe a high duty of care to trespassing children.
For example, when a homeowner has a swimming pool in his or her backyard, the homeowner should have a secure fence that surrounds the property, so that a child will not be able to walk on the property and accidentally drown in the pool.
A business owner is not responsible for any third party performing a criminal act on their property, but the landowner should take reasonable care. For example, if a business is in a high crime area, then the business owner should hire security guards, install security gates, security surveillance and alarm systems.
In high crime areas, hotels and motels have a duty to warn customers about the neighborhood and to take extra safety precautions.
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