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Five Ways You Could Be Injured Visiting Someone's Home

Injuries can happen at almost any time, even in places where you may feel totally safe or comfortable like the home of a family member or close friend. When visiting these places, most people let their guard down under the assumption that they’re perfectly safe in the care of their loved one who wouldn’t do anything to hurt them. And they’re not wrong: friends and family don’t want to hurt someone they care about, but the fact of the matter is accidents of a wide range of types and severities can and do still happen.

Here are some of the most common types of accidents that lead to injuries in homes:

Trip & Fall
Extension cords running across the floor, tree roots sticking up in the yard, or toys left out in the walkway are just a few of the most common examples of hazards that could cause someone to trip and fall, potentially leading to serious injuries. Broken bones, bruises, sprains, strains, and even head injuries could all happen when someone loses their balance and falls to the floor.

Unseen Hazards
Homes are not like commercial facilities where owners have a strong motivation to make sure all of their walkways and living areas are well lit and bright: some people prefer lower light due to sensitivity or just aesthetic choice. This could cause poor visibility, and poor visibility could lead to

Attractive Nuisances
Young children are generally prone to injuries purely because they’re often clumsy and uncoordinated, but combine this with a lack of knowing what could actually be dangerous for them and you have a recipe for potential disaster. Attractive nuisances are anything that could attract a child to it without them recognizing the inherent danger present, including things like swimming pools, playground equipment, or even old cars and appliances. Homeowners are responsible for keeping these “attractive nuisances” locked up and secured so that kids can’t gain access to them easily and become injured.

Dog Bites
We love our pets, and dogs are just as important to our home as anything else. They make our home inviting, are some of our most loyal friends, and even entertain us. However, they are still animals, and it is still possible for something to trigger them and cause them to attack. Dog bites cause thousands of injuries and millions of dollars’ worth of injuries each and every year.

Burn Injuries
Kitchens are a popular room to congregate in, but they do contain a number of hot surfaces. Whether it’s the inside of an oven, the top of a range burner, the side of a pan, or lots of other things, burn injuries are never out of the realm of possibility. These are also possible during things like dinner parties, where hot food is passed around and a spill on skin could cause scalding and possibly require medical treatment.

What To Do If You’re Injured

It’s awkward to try and ask a friend or family member for help if you’ve been hurt at their home, but that doesn’t mean you should have to bear the full financial brunt of the accident on your own. If your friend or family member is a homeowner, they likely carry home insurance that has a premises liability clause. In other words, their insurance may be able to help cover the costs of your injuries so you can get the care you need.

Call Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC today at (866) 675-4427 if you’ve been hurt and need help pursuing your right to compensation from a Martin County personal injury attorney.