When it's snowing, it's hard to keep up with the slick conditions outside. While business owners may try to shovel sidewalks and salt areas to reduce the likelihood of ice developing, there's no guarantee that these conditions won't continue to build up.
If you've ever traveled to a mall, doctor's appointment or other location, then you know that you have to park your vehicle and leave it in the lot. The unfortunate reality is that doing so opens your vehicle up to being hit.
If you have ever had to walk through an eerily deserted parking lot or public garage, chances are you have experienced a little anxiety at one time or another. It is a natural response to look over our shoulders when we are alone in a dark place or in a location known for criminal activity. While most of us would prefer to avoid such places altogether, sometimes our daily activities or our living arrangements place us to unsavory locations.
When a dog owner witnesses their dog bite another person, perhaps a friend or a stranger, he or she may argue that they could never be held responsible because the dog has never bitten before. As the victim of a dog bite, you will probably be angry about the fact that a dog owner could claim to be not responsible for the actions of their pet.
Most commonly, when a person is bitten by a dog, they know the owner. This means that even if they suffered a significant amount of pain and had to pay medical bills as a result of the incident, they may still be reluctant to take legal action.
In any premises where a large number of people are present, there are certain hazards and risks associated with being there. Movie theaters often have the potential to house hundreds, if not thousands, of people under their roof at any one time.
When you are in your own home, you have the responsibility to create a safe environment for yourself, your family and any visitors to your home. When you become aware of a potential danger, it is very likely that you will act immediately in order to make it safe. When you are on a private premises, such as a restaurant or a health club, it is the responsibility of the premises owner to ensure that the environment is safe.
When you visit a friend or go to a dinner party in a private home, you obviously expect that you will be entering a safe environment. Therefore, when you become injured as a result of visiting someone else's home, it will probably be quite shocking. You may have to seek expensive medical treatment and take unpaid leave from work in order to recover, and this may leave you wondering whether you can and should take legal action.
Staircases can be one of the most common places where people fall, especially when using a particular staircase for the first time. While we might be used to using the staircase in our home and be prepared for any of the uneven steps, using a staircase in an unfamiliar place, such as a restaurant or a shopping mall, can be a different matter and can lead to dangerous falls.
Nightclubs and bars can be chaotic places, and with the mix of alcohol, loud music volumes and low lighting, it can be a recipe for disaster. While it is very unlikely that you will be able to make a legal claim against a nightclub or bar for an accident that was a result of drunken behavior, it is possible in many cases to prove that the establishment acted negligently, and therefore, that they are liable for the accident that occurred.