California residents may want to look over their residential or commercial property and determine if anything on it can be considered an “attractive nuisance.” This refers to any fixtures or appliances that can attract children and, at the same time, pose a threat to their safety. Property owners are required to take reasonable steps in minimizing this risk, or they may face a premises liability claim in the future.
Attractive nuisances on construction sites and farms
Construction sites, with their heavy machinery and piles of dirt and rock, are naturally places that children would want to explore. Farms also carry attractive nuisances like tractors, haylofts and silos. However, both construction site and farm owners may not be held liable for injuries. The former may show that averting injuries would cost too much, and the latter may argue it’s unreasonable to lock up the tractors and other equipment at the end of each day.
Swimming pools and play equipment
Homeowners need to be careful about their swimming pool or any playground-like equipment like slides and jungle gyms. One thing they would be expected to do is surround such attractions with a high fence and locked gate.
Abandoned vehicles and appliances
If they no longer use a particular vehicle, they should ensure that it’s locked. Abandoned refrigerators and chest freezers pose a safety threat, too.
A lawyer for the parents of injured children
Premises liability law can be hard to navigate alone, so if your child sustained a personal injury on another’s property, you may want to speak with a lawyer who understands this field thoroughly. The lawyer may help you pursue your claim against the property owner’s insurance company, negotiating on your behalf for a fair settlement. Third parties may need to come in to investigate the case and gather proof of the defendant’s negligence.