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Can I be sued if someone is injured on my property?

As a homeowner in Florida, you can primarily control who has access to your property. However, if someone is injured on your property, he or she may be able to sue you for their ordeal. According to SFGate, that someone could even be a burglar who became injured while he or she was breaking into your home.

If you have pets, such as a dog or cat, your risk of being sued may be higher. It does not matter if your pet is considered dangerous or not, you may still be held liable for any injuries that your guests sustain, including those that arise from bites, scratches and falls that your pet causes.

You have a duty to make sure your property is free of certain dangers and hazards. For example, anyone who slips and falls on your property because you did not fix an uneven sidewalk, remove snow and ice or left a possession in the walkway may be able to sue you. Of course, there are circumstances that may affect the validity of any claims for liability against you, such as the injured party’s behavior leading up to the incident. Conversely, property code violations, slippery surfaces and missing handrails could also heighten your risk for liability claims.

To reduce the chances of injury on your property, you should inspect it regularly and fix any repair issues promptly. Post barriers and signs around any indoor and outdoor areas of your property that are in need of repair, so that others are properly warned of the dangers.

Keep your property and the surrounding perimeter safe and hazard-free to prevent accidents, injuries and lawsuits.

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