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Homeowner responsibility for injuries

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When you host parties at your California home, you may pay more attention to comfort than to safety. Accidents can easily happen at your home, though. We at the Law Offices of Mauro Fiore, Jr., know it is important to understand when you might be liable for the injuries a guest incurs.

FindLaw says that if someone is injured at your house, you can be held accountable for those injuries. This is because you are responsible for ensuring that your home is safe. There may be times, though, when both you and your guest are at fault for the incident and any resulting injuries. You usually expect that your guests will behave in a safe manner. If someone is harmed after acting carelessly, this person will also be considered responsible for the injuries incurred.

Whether or not you are at fault for someone's injuries usually depends on the reason someone is at your home. If someone trespasses on your property, you are typically not responsible for this person's safety because a trespasser is not an invited guest. If you have invited someone to your home, though, you are generally responsible for ensuring that this person is safe. This is because your visitors usually enter your home with the understanding that your house is safe.

After incurring an injury at your house, someone cannot simply claim that you are at fault. Usually people must demonstrate that you were aware of a hazard, such as a slippery floor or a spill. The injury must also have been caused by this hazard. More information about this subject can be found on our webpage.

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