Many of the clients that we here at the Sanders Law Firm have worked with in the past have been forced into dealing with every property owner's nightmare scenario: someone sustaining injuries on their land. If you are currently dealing with the same issue, then you may have already resigned yourself to the notion that you will be held liable (after all, any accidents that occur on your property are your responsibility, right?). Yet your actual liability may depend on why the injured person was on your property in the first place.
Summer has finally arrived in New Mexico. This often means sunbathing, trips to the community pool and backyard pool parties. If an afternoon of fun comes to an abrupt halt because you sustain a slip and fall injury, there may be grounds for a claim. At Sanders Law Firm, our experienced attorneys often assist clients with personal injury cases.
When you visit someone else's property in New Mexico, whether it be a home or a business, the owner owes you a duty of care to keep you safe and free from harm. If the owner fails in his or her duty and you become injured as a result, you typically need to prove negligence on the part of the owner to receive compensation.
For many wholesale and retail establishments in New Mexico, one of their top concerns is keeping their employees and customers safe. Failure to implement protocols designed to protect people against accidents can result in preventable injuries happening that can unleash a fury of costly consequences. In severe cases, careless or reckless businesses may be facing lawsuits, a damaged reputation and a permanent effect on their brand and product.
If you are the owner of a dog in New Mexico, it is your responsibility to properly care for your pet and to ensure it does not become a public nuisance. According to Animal Protection of New Mexico, an animal that is a public nuisance causes annoyance or trouble for a number of other people. There are different ways your pet could be considered a public nuisance. If you do not stop the behavior or the issues that are causing the problem, you could be charged with a misdemeanor offense.
The heat of the summer may prompt many in Roswell to look for relief by taking a dip in a swimming pool. While pools offer users untold fun and diversion, one cannot overlook the fact that they can also be very dangerous (especially for those that are poor swimmers). Young children in particular are at a heightened risk of suffering injuries (or worse) in swimming pool-related accidents. Indeed, information shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that of one out of every five people who die from drowning in the U.S. are age 14 or younger. On top of that figure, for every one child that drowns, five more require emergency medical treatment for submersion injuries.
For the average New Mexico resident, a trip to the grocery store is no extraordinary occurrence. When an accident happens while shopping, however, the events that follow can seem anything but normal. Slip and fall accidents occur more than one might expect, but there are a few facts to know that can make the process more manageable.
Like most accidents, a slip and fall often happens when one least expects it. Most New Mexico shoppers do not think twice when entering a grocery store or shopping mall, but some facilities fail to present proper warnings for wet floors and other hazards. When this is the case, an injured consumer may decide to take legal action.
Even though such incidents may not always be life-threatening, a slip and fall can become a serious setback that can affect an individual for an extensive period of time. And despite the familiarity of those yellow caution signs signaling a wet floor, some New Mexico residents do not receive a warning that conditions may be dangerous at all. Sometimes, customers who fall in stores cannot determine whether the store did, in fact, fail to maintain safety; yet there are some general facts to keep in mind in these potentially dangerous situations.