A visit to a friend or loved one should be a fun and safe outing, but what happens if you suffer from a painful slip and fall injury in their home? It can be extremely awkward to file a personal injury claim against a loved one for compensation. Here are some tips to help you avoid the injury–and thus, the heartache–altogether.
Keeping Your Child, and Yourself, Safe
Being aware of your surroundings and spotting possible hazards before they become concerning is one of the simplest ways to keep you and your child safe when visiting a variety of places. Even the most well-behaved children typically require eyes on them at all times, especially in a place they are not familiar with.
A major hazard in the home for children could be injuries sustained from falling furniture.
Small children are especially at risk for furniture falling when they are climbing on it and they may become severely injured or even die as a result of the force. You are responsible as a parent to examine the area for potentially hazardous areas to avoid your child suffering any injuries in someone’s house. Be sure to look out for these dangers outside and around the home as well:
- Swimming pools are hazardous to children for numerous reasons.
- Outdoor furniture poses a real threat to small children, just like indoor sets.
- Don’t allow your children to climb on any dead trees as they may collapse and your children could be injured in a fall.
Other Hazards to Look Out For
There are other places to avoid when invited into someone else’s home. Look out for these hazards and always be wary of your surroundings:
- Snagged carpet or loose rugs can be tripping hazards.
- If you fall on cracked or loose tile, you may cut yourself in addition to any other injuries caused by falling .
- Any wet or icy surfaces can be dangerous.
All personal injury cases are unique, but what they have in common is that you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries if they were the result of negligence by the owner of the property you were injured on. Although it can be emotional if you are injured on a friend or loved one’s property, you deserve compensation from the insurance company for your injuries.
In any case, it is wise to hire a personal injury lawyer to discuss your options and whether your should pursue a claim or not. A great thing about personal injury lawyers is that they usually work on a contingency basis which means, along with a free consultation, you will not have to pay them unless they win your case. Don’t wait, schedule a free consultation with a lawyer today.
Hickey & Turim S.C., is a leading Milwaukee personal injury and workers’ compensation law firm. If your or a loved one has been hurt in an accident, don’t hesitate to call us today for a free consultation at (262) 797-6677 or using our contact form here.