It may seem strange to hear that you should not stay in some properties because they are dangerous, but it’s true. However, you need to know this because you may be thinking about buying a residential or commercial unit. If this is the case, then you should know the following.
When is a property considered dangerous?
If you ask your personal injury lawyer, “When is a property considered dangerous,” he or she will tell you, “it is considered dangerous if the following apply.”
● Its design does not conform to national or international building standards. It is faulty as a result.
● The particular piece of property has not been constructed properly and does not meet basic building codes.
● The property has not been/is not being maintained properly
● The builders used poor quality materials when constructing the property
Unfortunately, you may not have been aware of any of this until it was too late and suffered bodily injury from a slip or a fall while being in a ‘dangerous’ property. You may be wondering if you have the right to sue the building owners, and/or management. The answer is that you certainly can bring them to court in a personal injury lawsuit. You just need to do the following.
Hold the owners or managers responsible.
Your lawyer will inform you that you can indeed sue the owners or managers of a dangerous building in court in the form of a personal injury lawsuit provided that you can prove the following:
● The person who controlled (occupied) the property failed to take reasonable measures and care to ensure that any visitors would be completely safe while in it (property.) Good examples could be a failure on the part of the owners/managers to fully inform you of the hazards present on or inherent to the property. Another good example would be a failure to update the property to meet current building codes and standards.
● The negligence of those who controlled the property directly resulted in your injuries.
How to tell if a property is dangerous
Your personal injury lawyer in Brantford will inform you that even the most brilliantly crafted personal injury lawsuit will fall apart in court, if it does not conform to and prove the basic definition of a dangerous property. You can tell if a property is too dangerous to be in if the following apply:
● It has exposed electrical wires
● Crumbling stairs
● Falling debris
● Uncleared snow
● Wet floors
● Raised flooring
● Obstructed pathways
● Pathways with little to no lighting
If these conditions are met and you suffer a debilitating slip or fall on the property which results in bodily injury of any degree or type, you can definitely sue those who controlled the property in court. You need to hire a personal injury lawyer partly because the laws governing what constitutes dangerous properties are complex, and partly because the defense will have a strong legal team who will try its best to negate everything you say in court.