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What to Do if You Witness an Injury on Private Property

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Premises liability usually occurs when someone who owns a piece of property starts becoming negligent with maintaining the property and stops ensuring that people won’t get injured on the property. Unfortunately, not all property owners take care of the things that they own which causes people who walk by to slip and fall, break bones, or even get electrocuted because of something the owner did wrong. Just because you are not the victim of premises liability doesn’t mean that you don’t have a responsibility to help those who suffer injury on another person’s private property.

Let’s take a look at how you should respond if you witness premises liability.

Make Sure the Area is Safe for You to Walk Into

Although the person is already hurt, you want to make sure the area is safe for you to walk into and help the victim. Premises liability is quite dangerous because you can actually get electrocuted or severely burned if you go in to help someone without thinking about the consequences of your actions. Just because you have not been injured doesn’t mean that you can’t get injured within the next few seconds. Scan the area to make sure that you are not in any harm. If the situation is too dangerous, call the authorities immediately instead of helping the injured person.

Rescue the Person from Any Harm

If the person simply slipped on some poorly structured foundation or if a tree branch fell on them, then you can probably assume that the area is safe for you to go rescue the person from any additional harm. Make sure that you evaluate the situation to figure out if you moving the person would cause even more harm. If everything is good to go then you should move the person to a safe location and mend any of their wounds that you can. Calling an ambulance is a wise decision as well.

Tell the Victim You are Willing to Serve as a Witness

Even though the owner of the property might not be in the area, you want to figure out who is liable for the damages. The victim might want to contact a San Antonio personal injury lawyer. In this case you can offer your services to act as a witness to explain how the person who owns the property was being negligent and causing other people injury.

Let us know what you think about premises liability in the comments section below. Tell us if you would respond how we instructed if you happen to witness someone get into a problem with premises liability.