You may assume that when a homeowner invites you into their private home, it is because it is a safe environment to spend time in. You may especially assume this if the homeowner is your family member, close friend, or otherwise someone whom you trust. However, it is unfortunate to say that it is possible to incur serious injuries and damages while at a private residence. Ultimately, you may find yourself having to consider legal action. Read on to discover how you might get injured while visiting someone else’s house and how a proficient St. Mary’s County slip and fall lawyer at The Dorsey Law Firm can lay out your legal options.
How might I get injured at someone else’s house?
Most slip and fall accidents occur in public settings, such as a public sidewalk, public parking lot, supermarket, shopping center, or otherwise. However, it is still possible for such an accident to occur while in the privacy of someone else’s house. This is especially true if the homeowner is particularly negligent with maintaining it. Without further ado, below are potential ways in which you may experience a slip and fall in a private home:
- A homeowner may have poorly lit rooms that make it difficult for you to navigate through safely.
- A homeowner may have unfastened cords and wires in their hallways that you cannot see in your direct field of vision.
- A homeowner may have loose carpeting or rugs in their hallways that you are unable to spot on time.
- A homeowner may have black ice on their front walkway that you cannot detect as you approach their entrance.
- A homeowner may have excess leaves, branches, or construction materials cluttering the front walkway that block your safe path toward their entrance.
- A homeowner may have a damaged handrail or banister that makes you unable to steady your balance as you walk up a stairway.
Am I able to sue a homeowner for a slip and fall at their house?
Essentially, you may sue a homeowner for a slip and fall at their house so long as you believe that you can successfully prove their negligence. Pieces of proof that may contribute to a successful accident claim read as follows:
- Photos and videos that show your personal injuries and other damages, along with the present safety hazards in the house.
- Security camera footage of your slip and fall accident playing out.
- Witness testimonies from individuals who say your accident playing out.
- Police records and medical records that show the date and time on which your accident occurred.
At the end of the day, you must not question your instinct to retain the services of a talented Leonardtown personal injury lawyer. Our team at The Dorsey Law Firm will work to determine which legal option best suits you.