Premises liability: Know your rights as a visitor

When you're on another person's property, you have a right to be safe. You were invited to their home, their business or to another facility, so it's their responsibility to make sure that you are taken care of when you're there. That means not having any obvious hazards and making sure the premises is maintained in a way that prevents injuries.

If there are hazards, they should be marked. With notification, most people can avoid getting hurt when they come across hazards such as uneven terrain, slick floors or others. Without notice, people could trip and fall, hit their heads or suffer other injuries as a result.

What should you do if you're hurt on someone's property?

If they're available, you should inform them of the injury and get help going to the doctor or hospital. Depending on the severity of the injury, you may be able to drive yourself, but you still need to inform them that you've been hurt and will be filing a claim to recover losses.

Once you let the staff or property owner know about your injury, you can go to the hospital or doctor to have the injury assessed. Don't put off an assessment, since it could help catch injuries you didn't yet notice or prevent the injuries you do have from worsening.

After you have an idea of how the incident affected you, you can speak with your attorney about filing a claim. Your attorney can get in touch with the property owner and start the process while you focus on your own recovery.

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