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Can you hold property owners liable for heat wave injuries?

On Behalf of | Apr 30, 2024 | Personal Injury

California is known for its warm and sunny days. However, the weather sometimes become too hot, causing heat waves across the state. This excessive heat can cause injuries, such as severe dehydration, heat stroke and burns.

While many associate these injuries with the natural weather, some may wonder whether they can be a result of another person’s negligence.

When there is a duty to provide a safe environment

Property owners may be responsible for heat exposure injuries if they fail to provide a safe environment for their guests and other people who have the right to be in their premises.

For instance, employers have the duty to keep their employees safe, including applying measures to ensure the workstations have adequate cooling and ventilation. They must also provide caution signs and apply safety protocols for using machinery or equipment that absorb heat and may cause burns. Failure to apply these property safety measures exposes employers to injury liability.

When there is a duty to maintain utilities

Property owners can also be liable for heat injuries if they neglect their duty to maintain their facilities. For instance, if a tenant in a building suffers from heatstroke because the landlord failed to maintain the air conditioning system, which they are legally responsible for, this can be a ground to claim injury compensation.

Preparing to fight for your rights

Holding property owners liable for heat wave injuries can be complex and depends on various factors, including the nature of the property owner’s duty of care, among other circumstances.

If you are considering a premises liability claim for your heat wave injury, it is advisable to consult with a lawyer who is knowledgeable in personal injury laws to get advice tailored to your particular situation.