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How Safe Is Your House For Guests – Avoid Slip & Fall Lawsuits In Your Florida Home

The last thing any Florida homeowner wants is for someone to get injured on their property. Thus, most people examine the insides and outsides of their homes, looking for potential hazards, and repairing them as needed. Then, they hope accidents and injuries stay at bay, and they won’t get sued by victims.

However, sometimes, homeowners become lax in their maintenance routines and start letting things slip. For instance, perhaps a person is so slammed at work that they forget to tighten bolts on a garage door, which they noticed were loosened a week prior. Or maybe a dry-rotted front porch step should have been fixed around a month ago, but you got busy. We all know how it goes.

You should always make time for home repairs and improvements, though. If you invite someone over or hire somebody to do some work, and they get hurt because of negligence, that could hit you where it hurts, in the pocketbook. You may be ordered to pay for the person’s damages out of pocket.

Then again, if you have homeowners insurance, the policy could pick up the tab. However, the next time renewal comes up, you’ll probably notice a price increase because of the claim. So, let’s look at some home safety tips that may help you keep incidents at bay.

Tighten Loose Handrail Screws

Do your front stairs need a little tender loving care? If you don’t know, now is the perfect time to check. You’ll want to ensure the steps are all solid and sturdy. It is also good to see if nail heads are sticking up. Grab a hammer and knock them in if they are, as the pieces could pose trip hazards. What about that overhead porch light? Is it tightened to the ceiling and not going anywhere? You certainly don’t want it falling and striking anyone on the head.

Don’t forget to examine that handrail, either. All it would take is a person grabbing the unsecured unit to lose their balance, fall, and sustain serious injuries. So, give your porch the care it deserves, and don’t forget to provide its handrail with some attention too.

Fill In Those Holes In The Yard

Does your household include a dog? And if so, is the said dog allowed to go in the front, back, or side yards around your home? If that’s the case, they probably dig holes here, there, and everywhere. Those unpleasant decorations normally aren’t very big deals. However, what if you lock the pooch away in the garage for the day to let a carpenter work on a porch inside the fence?

Then, as the contractor is walking along carrying a piece of wood, he trips in a hole approximately 1-foot deep. Not only does the person tear his calf muscle, but he also breaks his ankle. This fate doesn’t have to be in store for you, though. Instead, why not fill in the holes with dirt, mulch, or sand every now and again. At the very least, you should make it a point to tackle this project ahead of a worker coming out. That could prevent them from getting hurt, saving them some grief and you some money in the long run.

Fix That Uneven Walkway

Do you have a sidewalk/walkway leading up to your front door? That’s great if you do. After all, nobody wants to trek through a muddy, nasty yard to get to your house. But what kind of shape is it in? Is the sidewalk cracked, or does it have uneven portions? If you answered yes to these questions, now is probably a good time to hire a company to fix the ailments. That could stop trip and fall accidents in their tracks.

Some Final Thoughts

Have you been hurt on a person’s property because of negligence? You might have the grounds to seek compensation for your damages through a premises liability case. So, what are you waiting for? Contact Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh to schedule a free evaluation with an attorney and see where your claim stands.

Attorney David Goldman has a strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and those with the means should do what they can to bring justice in all areas of our society. That belief has led him to help Florida's injured from being taken advantage of by corporations and insurance companies. Since 1989 David Goldman has been fighting for the rights of Floridians both as an attorney and by personally supporting our community.

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