Although it may not feel like it right now with the coronavirus pandemic, happier and better days are ahead! When the time comes that we can all safely meet and gather together again, there will still be some important safety guidelines to keep in mind. However, they don’t have anything to do with coronavirus or the spreading of germs!
Any time you host someone at your house, you have to be careful of a concept known as “premises liability”. Basically, this means that you are responsible for the safety and care of others at your home based on the presence/absence of potential hazards on your property. Potentially dangerous situations like hosting a pool party, entertaining during winter and having icy sidewalks and driveways, or having a bonfire can all be safety issues for guests. If they are injured due to an issue/incident on your property, there is a chance that you could be held legally accountable. This is also true when you are serving alcohol on your property. If you overserve your guests and they drive home intoxicated, you are putting yourself at a legal risk.
As a homeowner, you have a responsibility to keep your property safe for anyone entering your property. These people are owed a duty to be protected from certain dangerous conditions that you either caused or created, know about, or should have known about. At the law firm of Douglas V. Stoehr, we have experience in handling premises liability or “slip and fall” cases. If you or a family member is a victim of a premises liability or “slip and fall” case, please call Attorney Doug Stoehr‘s Altoona, PA area firm at 814-946-4100 to discuss your potential claim.