When you stay at a hotel, shop at the mall, or run errands in a public building, you have a right to be safe from hazards to your health and safety that may be present. Owners of public buildings have a legal responsibility to protect you as a visitor to their business or organization from dangers.
Failure to protect visitors and guests from crime on the building premises may cause the building owner to be liable to you for their negligence.
Each year, hundreds of people are injured or hurt by criminal incidents or hazardous accidents that occur as a result of a building owner’s negligence in failing to secure the building.
Allowing Children to Play in Dangerous Areas
Owners of public buildings and spaces have an obligation to block access to areas that they know or should know are attractive places for children to play and explore. This is otherwise known as “attractive nuisance.”
Under the attractive nuisance doctrine, owners may be liable when children are hurt or killed after entering into dangerous areas of the premises that the owner did not properly secure or take adequate measures to attempt to secure.
Common attractive nuisance areas include:
- Swimming pools, saunas, and Jacuzzis;
- Industrial and farm equipment storage sites;
- Roofs of public buildings;
- Stairwells and fire escapes;
- Construction and digging sites;
- Storage sites with old equipment, campers, or automobiles on which children may like to climb; and
- Wells, tunnels, and parking garages.
Children deserve and are entitled to additional protections from known safety hazards. Where owners fail to ensure these necessary protections in the course of their business, they should be held accountable when children are injured or killed as a result of their negligence.
Each year, children are killed or sustain serious bodily injuries, including traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries as a result of business owners’ failure to protect children. Parents and families of injured children deserve accountability to ensure that they are adequately compensated for the extensive long-term costs associated with caring for a seriously injured child as they grow and develop.
The Gilbert Law Group has decades of experience investigating, litigating and resolving complex and challenging cases on behalf of hurt and injured children and adults. The Gilbert Law Group has obtained numerous multimillion dollar settlements and jury verdicts on behalf of clients in cases were individuals were seriously injured or killed.
Contact us to notify The Gilbert Law Group about your case, or call us toll free at 1-877-431-4529 to discuss your matter. All initial consultations are free.