3 Tips To Avoid Premises Liability In The Summer

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

Containing Animals

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.

About the Author
Jefferson D. Gilder is a Partner at Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman and was admitted to the Mississippi and Tennessee Bars in 1990. Mr. Gilder is admitted to practice in all courts in Mississippi and Tennessee including Federal Court, the Fifth and Sixth Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Gilder's areas of practice include personal injury, criminal, medical malpractice, civil rights, and product liability. Mr. Gilder spent his first ten years as an attorney practicing with his father, Robert G. Gilder, at Gilder Law Firm in Southaven, Mississippi before forming Gilder, Howell & Assoc., P.A. with Jamie W. Howell, Jr. in June of 2000. This firm although as another legal entity has now combined their resources and experience with Chatham – Pittman, to form Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman. If you have any questions about this article, you can reach Jefferson through our contact page.