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Property owners have a responsibility to ensure their properties are safe for visitors. While some properties – like those under construction – have obvious dangers, even innocuous properties like apartment complexes can be extremely dangerous when things like tools and buildings are not properly maintained. Regardless of the type of property, providing the necessary maintenance can mean the difference between life and death.
Depending on the property, many things may require regular maintenance to remain safe. In commercial buildings and properties, some of the most common items that need to be regularly maintained can include:
While most residential properties don’t house things like elevators and escalators, they pose unique risks to visitors. The most common things that need to be regularly maintained on a residential property include:
Hazardous conditions can cause severe and permanent physical injuries. Uneven stairs or slippery walkways can cause people to fall and sustain broken bones, neck and back injuries, or traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Poorly maintained balconies and railings could collapse, causing crushing injuries, lacerations, and even paralysis or death.
When inadequately maintained property causes injury to a visitor, a resulting lawsuits will rely on the legal theory of premises liability. Under this legal doctrine, victims must prove three things: (1) the property owner owed a duty to the injured party, (2) the property owner knew or should have known maintenance was required and failed to warn visitors of a present danger, (3) and the visitor was injured by the inadequate maintenance.
While filing a premises liability lawsuit may seem daunting, you don’t have to do it alone. The experienced Houston premises liability lawyers at Adame Garza LLP have helped scores of victims of inadequate maintenance obtain compensation for their injuries. If you or someone you love was injured by inadequate property maintenance, call our office today for a free consultation to discuss your case. We can help you understand your legal options and pursue every available avenue of compensation.