Is Premises Liability for Business Owners a Concern
Premises liability for business owners can play a heavy role in personal injury cases. It isn’t, however, always clear what business owners should do to protect themselves and those on their premises. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to reduce the chance of personal injury occurring on your property.
What is Premises Liability?
Premises liability is a legal concept that dictates a business owner’s responsibility in maintaining safe conditions on their property.
As with personal injury cases, premises liability cases are often heavily based around negligence. As a business owner, you have a duty of care over those on your property. In a premises liability case, the plaintiff is required to prove the owner of the property was negligent of this duty of care, resulting in personal injury.
What Can You Do to Reduce Premises Liability?
Fortunately, there are several steps you can take as a business owner to reduce your premises liability.
1) Form a Robust Plan
First things first, you should know what do to if you encounter an area of your property that’s unsafe and causes injury. Form a plan so that, if a situation arises, you can handle it quickly and effectively before it causes personal injury.
2) Carry Out Regular Inspections
Better than waiting for disaster to strike, carry out regular inspections of your property. Find areas that could increase your premises liability and result in personal injury, and handle them by executing your plan.
3) Use Dry Mats, Anti-slip Floors, and Wet Floor Signs
These are all useful precautions to take. In areas of high footfall, install dry mats. Consider implementing anti-slip floors across your premises, but at the very least, use wet floor signs if there’s a danger of personal injury.
4) Implement Inspection Logs
If you have a team, get them on board with premises liability. Implement a roster-based inspection system where employees take turns to check for liabilities. For each inspection, a date and time should be recorded on a chart.
What to Do if Personal Injury Occurs
If personal injury occurs on your premises, contact a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Our team of Mesa criminal attorneys offer professional defense in personal injury cases and know exactly how to help.
This blog should be used for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice. If you need legal advice regarding Premises Liability for Business Owners, or any other personal injury, please feel free to contact Brian T. Allen at 480.461.5335, log on to udallshumway.com, or contact an attorney in your area. Udall Shumway PLC is located in Mesa, Arizona and is a full service law firm. We assist Individuals, families, businesses, schools and municipalities in Mesa and the Phoenix/East Valley.