Summer is finally approaching -- and for many people, that means heading to a pool. Most folks will take advantage of the public pools available -- but a few lucky people get to enjoy a pool owned by a friend or relative instead.
Could your landlord or the proprietor of a business be held responsible for injuries caused by another person's criminal actions?
It could be argued that any technology responsible for carrying or transporting people has certain dangers. With all of their moving parts and manufactured elements, elevators are no exception. At one time or another, most people have experienced an elevator scare. For example, being trapped inside the car for a time or feeling the car shift or bounce.
Premises liability is legal term used in cases where a victim suffers injury on another person's property. This can be private property such as someone's home or yard and it can be property used by the public such as retail establishments or government premises. In the simplest terms, property owners can be targeted in a premises liability action if they do not take reasonable measures to provide guests, customers and visitors with safe conditions.
Slip-and-fall accidents are common in North Carolina. Even though they are more likely to occur at home, it is not unusual for people to injure themselves on some else's property. Stores, resorts, hotels, schools and workplaces are common places these accidents can occur outside of the home. Property owners have a duty to take reasonable measures to keep their properties safe for the public. However, situations can arise when they do not take their responsibilities seriously that can result in fall accidents and injuries.
Setting up a booby trap for a person who breaks into your home, perhaps in part because of the popular Home Alone movie franchise, is something people often find enticing. After all, a burglar broke the law by entering your home in the first place. Don't you have the right to do anything you want to stop them?
You move into a new area, and the neighborhood isn't the best. You're worried that someone is going to break into your house, either while you're there or when you're at work. You decide to set traps that can deter them, protecting your assets and your family. Is this legal?
Have you ever heard the old adage, "You can''t sue City Hall?" It turns out that yes, you actually can.
One of the assumed risks of being a small business owner is the potential liability for injuries suffered by customers, vendors or others in "slip and fall" accidents on the company's premises.
Have you ever been injured while shopping in a store? Maybe you were thumping the melons when a display came crashing down around your head and shoulders. Or perhaps you slipped down in a puddle from a leaking cooler. There are almost as many ways to get injured in a store as there are items for sale.