Many Texas homeowners may not realize that different amenities on their property can actually be a big liability. In fact, many citizens are surprised to find out that they could be held liable for any injuries to a child that comes onto their property even without their knowledge. The reason homeowners are held liable is covered under the attractive nuisance laws.
Understanding attractive nuisances
Attractive nuisances are defined as any home features that may attract children from outside your property to come onto the property and potentially cause them harm. Even if you didn’t see the child because you didn’t invite them onto the property, you still could be held liable for any of their injuries. This is because of the fact that premises liability law sees children as incapable of understanding the dangers of various home features. Some common examples of attractive nuisances include pools, trampolines, treehouses and even playsets.
What is your responsibility as a homeowner?
As soon as you learn about attractive nuisances and how you can be held liable for them as a homeowner, the next logical step is to help mitigate your risk of being sued in the future. It’s a good idea to sit down and look at the specific amenities on your property that would be considered attractive nuisances. For each amenity, you want to come up with a solution to protect any child who may stumble upon your property. For example, you may want to install a fence around your pool. This will help to prevent children from entering near the pool and potentially drowning.
Being a homeowner comes along with a lot of responsibilities. One of these responsibilities and most people aren’t aware of is the fact that they can be held liable for injuries that occurred to children due to attractive nuisances. It’s best to assess your property for any attractive nuisances and protect children from getting harmed by them.