The Responsibilities Of Property Owners To Avoid Personal Injury Claims Due To Dangerous Premises.

People are expected to take the responsibility for their own safety if they are walking.

On the other hand, the owner of the property also has a responsibility to ensure that it is safe for people who are going to use the property. That’s the point of the No Trespassing sign, for instance. You are telling people not to come on the property. A sign makes it clear that you are not inviting them. In fact, you are doing the exact opposite: advising people not to come on the property.

If you are inviting them on to your property, the situation is different. For instance, if you have a supermarket, there’s going to be a much higher standard of responsibility because you are inviting people to come there. It’s your duty as the owner or occupier of the property to ensure the premises are safe for the purpose that they are designed to be used for, whatever that may be.

Each situation is different, and a claim for personal injury is very fact dependent. Though people are responsible for their own safety, property owners, depending on the circumstances, carry responsibility, too.


If you, or someone you care about, is dealing with Personal injury law issues in the Vancouver, British Columbia Region, contact Stephens & Holman.

This article is taken from a December 2, 2008 interview with Simon Holman, LL.B., Personal Injury Lawyer with Stephens & Holman in Vancouver , a Personal Injury Law Firm.

Note that laws vary from province to province. Please consult with a lawyer in your own area to be sure of the laws and specific issues in your own jurisdiction.