If you are visiting someone’s property, they have a responsibility to make your stay as safe as possible. That means not allowing you in dangerous or hazardous areas or marking hazards, so you can go around or avoid them.
If you fall while you’re walking up a staircase because the stairs are slick or fall down because there are no railings, then you may be in a position to file a premises liability claim.
Who is responsible if you get hurt on another person’s property?
It depends on a few factors. First, you will need to show that the accident happened on the property and that you have an injury with damages as a result. For instance, if you fall down the stairs and go to the hospital after hitting your head, that would qualify.
In California, you normally have to show that the owner of the property was negligent in some way as well. For example, if you fell because the tread on the stairs was worn away or because the handrail was taken down, then you may have a claim against the property owner.
Can schools, hotels or other public or private properties be held liable?
Sometimes. If you can show that there was a wet floor with no sign, damage that should have been repaired or other negligence that caused an accident, then the property owner may be held liable. There have been past court cases where schools, motels, hotels and other properties have been held liable when someone was hurt or killed.
What do you need to do if you get hurt while you’re on another person’s property?
If you are injured, you should let the property owner or their employees, if it is a business, know right away. Let them know that you’d like to seek medical attention and that you have been injured on the property. In an emergency, it’s smart to call 911 from the scene and to have emergency support come to you.
Keep details about the accident, such as when you fell and why so that you can put together a claim to seek compensation after you’re medically stable.