Five Injury Hazards Hiding in Your Home

By Peter DePaolis

Home Injury Attorneys Serving the Injured in Washington, D.C.

Your home is supposed to be a haven. You want friends and family whom you invite to be free from any risks of injury or illness, and anyone living in your home to be kept safe. Unfortunately, your home might be the residence of unknown dangers. When you do not correct these hazards, you could be liable for the injuries and damages that occur.

Five Injury Hazards to Correct Immediately

1. Detergent Pods

Detergent pods are bright and colorful, which means young children might find that they resemble candy. When a child eats these pods, the results are devastating. While manufacturers have been required to place warning labels and create child-safety locking tubs, it is still your responsibility to ensure these are kept away from small children.

2. Prescription Medications

Almost every household in the United States has some prescription drug in the home. Whether it is an anti-inflammatory, pain medication, or diabetes medication, these can be toxic to young children or abused by teenagers. Therefore, parents must lock away these medications and keep them out of reach. Also, keeping track of what medications you take, how many pills you have left, and more can ensure that none are taken without your noticing.

3. Uneven Sidewalks and Walkways

Your home’s exterior needs to be regularly maintained not just for curb appeal, but for safety too. If you have uneven sidewalks or walkways that have started to lift, these create serious tripping hazards. If someone were to trip and fall, and suffer an injury, you would be liable for any injury or damages that occur. If you have uneven walkways, place a warning sign and correct them as soon as possible.

4. Dogs

A dog is man’s best friend, but can also be man’s worst enemy. If your dog is prone to attacking people or biting, it is a serious liability. Reconsider your choice of the dog if yours is overly aggressive. Putting up “beware of dog” signs will not excuse your pet – or your personal liability – if your dog were to break loose and attack someone.

5. Slippery Surfaces

As a homeowner, you are responsible for providing visitors with a safe environment that includes cleaning up any wet or slippery surfaces. During the winter, that means shoveling snow and adding salt to the concrete to prevent any ice build-up. Also, keeping mud and oils off the walkways will prevent slips during the spring and summer.

Were You Injured at Someone’s Home? You Might Have a Personal Injury Case

If you or a loved one was injured in someone’s home, you might be entitled to compensation for your injuries. To explore those options, it is in your best interest to speak with a personal injury advocate. Contact an attorney now at Koonz McKenney Johnson & DePaolis LLP online or at one of our three office locations.

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.