Property owners have a lot to maintain. In the state of Wisconsin, all property owners have a legal responsibility to keep their properties safe for visitors. This isn’t just for hotels or businesses. If you’re a homeowner, you have to keep your property safe for others, too.
The winter season brings a lot of new responsibilities that you as a homeowner have to stay on top of. If you neglect the maintenance work or don’t regularly inspect your property, others can get hurt while they’re on your property.
If this happens, you’re responsible for the injuries due to an area of law we call premises liability. The best way to avoid these situations is keeping your property as safe as possible.
However, in some cases someone could get injured and you wouldn’t be at fault. If the person was trespassing or being neglectful themselves, then you might not be liable for their injuries.
How Do You Keep Your Property Safe?
Winter can be a challenging time to keep up with everything. To keep your property safe, make sure you do the following on a regular basis:
- Remove ice and snow.
- Regularly salt sidewalks and staircases.
- Use shovels to create clear paths.
- Knock down icicles.
- Clear gutters.
- Place mats in your entryway.
- Look for any potential hazards.
It also helps to treat your sidewalks before a big winter storm blows in. Pay attention to the weather so you know when any snow is expected so you can salt your walkways beforehand.
You should be aware that shoveling snow in extreme cold has risk, especially to those who don’t exercise regularly. Make sure you warm up first, and take breaks when you need them. If you need help, consider hiring someone.
If you’re leaving for an extended period, arrange for someone to take care of your property for you.
Do You Need a Milwaukee Premises Liability Lawyer?
If you or a loved one has been hurt on another’s property because of neglect, then you might be dealing with injuries and they could be keeping you from work. Dealing with medical bills and lost wages can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. You need a Milwaukee premises liability lawyer to fight for your rights.
The lawyers at Urban & Taylor are ready to help you get the compensation you need so you can focus on your recovery. We’ll answer all your questions and are always one phone call or email away. We treat all our clients’ cases with the individual and focused attention they deserve.
Call us today at (866) 720-7232 for a free consultation.