The much-anticipated season of summer is here, a time when pool parties, barbeques, and hangouts are in full swing.However, safety is still the number one priority—and a legal obligation. Mississippi property owners have a duty to keep their premises reasonably safe and take the steps necessary to remove any hazards also known as premises liability.
Below, we discuss some ways to prevent some common accidents and injuries during the summertime, as well as what to do should an accident happen.
Premises Liability: Swimming Pool Safety
Hopping into a swimming pool is an enticing way to cool off during the summer heat. But, keep in mind that there are many different hazards associated with pools that can lead to traumatic injuries as well as fatal drowning accidents. Some examples of potential dangers include:
- Loose stairs and railings
- Defective pool equipment
- Broken diving boards
- Inadequate or broken pool fencing
The bottom line: if a property owner invites their guests over to swim, they are responsible for making sure that no hazards are present and swimmers remain safe. Make sure that anyone who goes in knows how to swim and, in case of a drowning incident, ensure that at least one person in the home knows CPR.
Preventing Slip, Trip, and Falls
Another common type of premises liability case during the summer is a slip, trip, and fall accident. Whether this is caused by construction that you are doing on your home or pool water on the ground, property owners should take necessary precautions to prevent these accidents by:
- Staying vigilant
- Cleaning up spills immediately
- Making sure children are not running around the pool
- Cover cables and cords in walkways
Just like people, dogs come out more often when the weather is nice and warm. It’s important to keep in mind that pet owners are legally responsible for the actions of their dog, including if the animal bites or otherwise injures someone on the property.
Make sure that everyone at your property is aware of the dog, comfortable with its presence, and asks permission before petting or running toward the dog.
Get Legal Advocates In Your Corner
If you are, in fact, injured on someone else’s property, you may be able to file a premises liability claim with the homeowners liability insurance provider. But, it’s important not to go through this legal process alone.
Our attorneys are experienced in negotiating with insurance companies and encouraging them to do the right thing and pay innocent people for the injuries they sustained. We will fight hard to ensure you receive the compensation you need to pay for your entire damages including medical expenses, lost wages, emotional trauma.
Contact our firm at (662) 222-0597 to get started with a free consultation.