“Home Sweet Home” isn’t necessarily as safe a place as we might want it to be. Consider these sobering statistics:
- 20,000 people die each year as the result of accidents in and around the home
- 7 million disabling injuries due to home accidents are reported every year
- Over 20 million emergency room visits throughout the US in a year
If you or a loved one has sustained serious injury for which you needed medical treatment and it was the result of a negligence on the part of the homeowner, you may want to find out what your legal rights are and if you are due compensation. The premises liability lawyers of The Ruth Law Team can explain the law to you and investigate any potential claim.
When we invite people onto property that we own or inhabit, we have a basic duty to make sure they are reasonably safe. If we do not, we could be responsible for any injuries our guests sustain. This concept of responsibility is legally referred to as premises liability.
The types of home accidents in occurring most frequently are: Falls (also see Slip and Fall), Poisonings, Fires Inhalation and Suffocation, Drowning (also see Drowning) And the hazards commonly found in homes that lead to unintentional accidental injury include:
- Flimsy, loose, or missing banisters and railings
- Medicines and poisons improperly and unsafely secured
- Scalding due to water heaters set too high
- Firearms improperly stored (loaded and/or without added locking device) and not in secured storage
- Swimming pools not adequately fenced with locking gate