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Premises liability for outdoor hazards in the spring/summer

Winter is not the only time that property owners need to make sure their sidewalks are clear from danger. Property owners can also be liable for injuries caused by bumps on their sidewalks or holes in their lawns. In fact, there are numerous hazards in the spring and summer that can cause injury and lead to a Pennsylvania premises liability lawsuit, including:

  • Improperly maintained balconies and decks
  • Loose railings and boards
  • Slippery surfaces (such as wet decks and grass cuttings on sidewalks)
  • Swimming pools
  • Holes in the lawn
  • Uneven ground
  • Cracked pavement
  • Home repair debris
  • Dangerous stairways
  • Unwound garden hoses
  • Garden and work tools
  • Decorative lawn items

Property owners must, by law, maintain their properties and protect certain visitors from harm. Failure to repair known problems or warn visitors about those problems can lead to serious injuries as well as liability for those injuries. Property owners may be held responsible for medical expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering and other expenses arising from the injury.

If you are a property owner, take the time to put away garden hoses and repair holes in your lawn. Sweep up loose needles, keep your swimming pool gates locked and remove any lawn or house tools that are laying in the yard. Take steps now to prevent serious accidents.

If you were injured on someone else's property and your injury was caused by the property owner's negligence, consider speaking with a premises liability lawyer. You may be entitled to compensation from his or her insurance company.

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