As a business owner, you may already be familiar with the possibility of a potential lawsuit every time someone trips within your office premises. It is a big money maker for lawyers as they advertise everywhere to get people compensated for the money they deserve, just for falling down within your office premises, and it’s based on holding businesses liable for their negligence.
When it comes to premises liability, the slip and fall cases are most frequent. However, the misery doesn’t end there as it involves other cases as well (such as unsafe hotels/motels, appartments, and even sexual assault cases). As a business owner, you can be held accountable for any kind of injuries caused to your visitors, employees, or even your neighbors. The scope is pretty wide, as you can see.
Most business owners are somewhat familiar with the fact that they need to provide a safe working environment and they do take certain steps to ensure that, but they are not fully aware of their liability. To help you avoid becoming a case study in a premises liability case, you better understand how premises liability work beforehand. Better safe than sorry!
Introductory to Premises Liability:
Whether you rent or own the building in which your business is located, you can be held accountable for any injury caused to a person who steps inside the premises of your building. This includes your employees, visitors, customers, vendors, solicitors, and more. You will be surprised to know that even trespassers have a certain amount of legal protection under the scope of premises liability law.
If you are renting the property, your landlord may be held accountable in some cases. But most landlords have grown smart and they include a clause in the initial lease agreement that makes you responsible for maintaining safety precautions on the premises. So if a suit is filed, chances are your business will suffer.
To understand the scope of all possibilities under which a suit can be filed against you, let’s use a general statement. Any kind of injury caused on your premises or due to your premises, which you could have avoided taking some precautionary steps, can be grounds for a lawsuit.
Tips to Avoid Lawsuits and Ensure Premises Safety
Here are a few useful tips regarding premises liability:
To prepare you in advance, no matter what you do, there will always be some loopholes that will result in lawsuits. So it makes sense to get insured. Standard insurance will cover up to $1 million and can save you a lot of money.
Regular monitoring of a safe working environment can save you from a lot of trouble. This can sound like an annoying task, but it will potentially save you a lot of money in the long run.
•Fixing the Premises
If, during inspection, any kind of element is discovered that can possibly cause a lawsuit, the best thing to do would be to fix it right away. Establishing clear policies on reporting and fixing any dangerous situations is a good idea.
•Place a Warning Sign
At times, certain conditions cannot be fixed right away. You should place clear warning signs indicating the danger, in order to avoid being accused of negligence.