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Premises liability: Trip-and-fall accidents are but one danger

Civil law pertaining to premises liability allows for victims injured on the property of another party to pursue personal injury claims based upon evidence of negligence. An injured victim may elect to file a claim after being injured in an accident, for example a trip\-and\-fall accident, due to the negligence of a landlord, for example. These types of accidents are not the only grounds for a premises liability claim.    

California law states that it is the landlord's duty to protect tenants from certain hazards. It is the landlord's duty to ensure that everything remains in good working order and to eliminate obvious dangers. Here are some safety checks that a landlord should conduct routinely.

Landlords are required by law to install and routinely check carbon dioxide and smoke detectors. State laws spell out where these detectors must be placed, as well as the number of detectors required to be installed. Landlords are also required to ensure that lights in common areas, as well as exterior lights, are working.

Further, a landlord must ensure that locks on exterior and entrance doors work properly and that every tenant has two options to exit an apartment in case of an emergency. Should the building have a fire escape or staircases, safety checks must be conducted regularly.  Lastly, windows must be fitted with safety guards if required by law.

Landlords owe their tenants a duty to ensure that premises are safe from accidents, such as a trip-and-fall accident. Californian tenants who have been injured on the premises they rent may benefit from consulting a personal injury lawyer for an evaluation of the particular case. Should the accident be attributed to negligence on the part of the landlord, financial damages could be awarded in civil court.

Source:, "8 Routine Property Safety Checks for Landlords", Erin Eberlin, Accessed on Jan. 24, 2018

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