Since summer is (un)officially here, you might be getting your grill ready for a BBQ feast full of friends, food, and fun.
As you prepare to make merriment, make sure to take all the necessary precautions to prevent slip and fall injuries at your party. Not only would a slip and fall injury be a total buzzkill, it could get you sued for your guests' injuries.
To keep your party-goers playing Slip and Slide instead of slip and fall, here are a few tips:
- Inspect your home for potential outdoor hazards. It's important to keep the driveway and walkway to your door clear and free of any dangers or obstructions. This is especially important for areas around the pool or deck that can get wet and slippery.
- Make necessary repairs. You know that loose railing you've been meaning to re-enforce? Well, now's the time to fix it. If you knew about a dangerous condition, didn't do anything about it, and then someone slips and falls because of it, you could be liable for the injuries.
- Secure all decorations. If you have decorations staked into the ground like tiki lights, make sure the decorations are safely secured and out of the way. If a guest trips on one of them and gets injured, you could get sued for being negligent.
- Prepare for potential legal consequences. If a friend gets hurt, she might sue you out of necessity to cover medical expenses. This is because insurance companies often look for someone else to pin the costs on when a claim is made. If you know it's not your fault, don't engage with the insurance company and...
- Hire an attorney. Contact a Chicago personal injury lawyer and fight back against the insurance company. Depending on the case, the insurance company may end up footing the bill for your guest's slip and fall injuries.
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