It’s no secret that Connecticut winters can get pretty rough. That’s why ensuring your home is winter ready is so important. Not only will this make for a more comfortable season, it will also prevent you and guests in your home from experiencing serious injuries, which could lead to legal issues if a third party chooses to file suit. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention offer the following tips in this case, which will make for a safe and happy winter.
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With all of the love and comfort your dog provides to you, it is easy to forget that he or she is still an animal subject to natural instincts. This could potentially make him or her a threat to whoever frequents your home or property in New Haven (no matter how friendly his or her disposition might seem). As his or her owner, you are of course responsible for his or her actions. Yet at what point does that responsibility turn into civil liability?
If you have a swimming pool on your property in Connecticut, you likely know how important safety precautions truly are. Along with preserving the health and well-being of family and guests, ensuring the environment is safe is also crucial from a liability perspective. Accordingly, the American Red Cross recommends the following guidance.
There are many laws in Connecticut that pertain to your home and your legal rights and obligations on the property you own. A common issue with property is trespassing or breaking and entering where people try to illegally come onto your property. Luckily, the law provides you with a chance to defend your property and remove the offender. One such law is called the castle doctrine, which the General Assembly explains is your right to protect your home.
When you are injured on someone else's property in New Haven, you might automatically assume that the property owner is liable for your injuries and their accompanying expenses. Yet premises liability is determined by your status as a visitor on another's land. That status details the duty the property owner has to ensuring your protection. According to the Connecticut General Assembly, the law recognizes three distinct types of visitors: trespassers, licensees and invitees. So which were you?
Many in New Haven may buy into the notion that America has become a litigious society. They may point to incidents involving slips and falls and say that such accidents do not warrant legal action. This may come from the assumption that one would not likely sustain serious injuries in a fall. Yet statistics seem to indicate that incidents as seemingly benign as a ground-level fall can actually result in serious health consequences.
Getting out to participate in the activities offered in New Haven is an integral part of enjoying life. Yet often you will find that in order to participate in such activities, you and/or members of your family will have to sign a liability waiver. Several of those that we here at The Law Office of George Romania, LLC have worked with in the past have questioned to what extent such waivers are enforceable. The answer to that question may depend upon the nature of the activity.
Snow may make for beautiful scenery around New Haven, but the icy sidewalks it leaves behind are never as welcome a view. Just about everyone dreads having to navigate ice-encrusted walkways, parking lots and other slippery winter surfaces, mentally bracing for what they know can happen in a split second—a slip and fall. Hopefully, it is only someone's ego that gets bruised, but injuries can occur, too.
If someone was negligent and caused your fall and resulting injury, it may be possible to make a claim in Connecticut and even file a lawsuit if necessary. Of course, medical evidence will be necessary to prove a case of whiplash as well as the extent of your personal injury damages.
It may not be that difficult for people to understand the responsibility that property owners in New Haven have to ensure that their premises are safe for others to visit. At the same time, some may say that they cannot be expected to plan for every single possible hazard that may pop up on their properties. Ultimately, the duty they have to protect visitors may not involve anticipating dangers, but rather responding to them when they do occur, not matter how innocuous they may appear to be.