The Law and Your Home

Avoiding Liability

What happens if someone is injured on my property and we are both at fault?

In some cases, a jury may decide that although a homeowner was partially responsible for what happened, the person injured was also partially responsible. This is called " comparative or contributory negligence." For example, if you forget to tell your houseguest that you have just dug a pit in your back yard for the new septic system, and the guest decides to get a breath of fresh air and wander around in the back yard in total darkness, a jury might find both of you partly responsible for your guest's broken leg. In that case, the jury might reduce the amount of the damage award you might otherwise have to pay.

>>What are some liability risks?
>>What’s a checklist for a safe home?
>>What happens if someone is injured on my property and we are both at fault?
>>What about liability in regard to children?
>>If I host a party in my house, am I liable for my guests' actions?
>>What about liability concerning my pets?
>>What should I do if someone is injured on my property?


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