Liability in Mobile Home ParksThere are often many questions surrounding liability and responsibility in trailer parks, especially when it comes to management and tenants. Essentially, those living in mobile home parks are not considered tenants of a landlord; they are homeowners, and thus are responsible for maintain their property alone. If they have an overreaching lawn or if the sidewalk gets icy and slippery, they must do all they can to correct the issues. They can mow the lawn or sprinkle salt and shovel to prevent any injuries on the immediate property. However, trailer park owners do not have to maintain the areas of the park that are shared by everyone. It is the responsibility of the park owner in such cases to keep everything properly maintained. Some examples include:
- Roads: The roads in trailer parks must be properly maintained to be free of potholes, cracks, breaks, and other defects. These defects can easily cause a lot of damage to vehicles and may even create accidents that lead to injuries. Individuals can trip and fall in holes as well.
- Street lights: There must be ample street lights or lighting to illuminate roads and sidewalks. In some situations, there have been assaults and robberies carried out at trailer parks thanks to ample shadows and hiding places. The tenants may feel unsafe and may feel that the park should be properly lit.
- Water mains: The water mains that provide clean water to all the occupants must be working and not damaged or contaminated. Some tenants in various trailer parks have reported discolored, brown, murky, or sediment-ridden water coming from their showers, taps, toilets, and hoses. This water can be dangerous to drink and may contain lead, chemicals, waste runoff, and more. The owner of the park should be held liable for fixing the mains and should contact the city or a contractor to do so.
- Sidewalks: Similar to roads, sidewalks must be fixed and free from defects. Cracks and holes can cause pedestrians to trip, slip, fall, and become injured. Although sidewalks are generally to be cared for by tenants, extensive repairs can be carried out by the management. Further, some of the sidewalks are near common areas or management buildings, and are thus the responsibility of the owners.
- Laundry center: Trailer parks often have a laundry center or washroom for tenants to use to clean their clothes. These buildings may have washing machines, dryers, clothes lines, racks, and more. However, because they are used by many individuals, there is a higher chance of broken parts, spills, and more. The owner should always adequately maintain these centers.
- Tree branches: There are often trees lining the streets of trailer parks, but broken branches, heavy limbs, and dead sections can cause injuries if they fall off onto the sidewalk below.
- Fire hazards: There is a higher risk of a fire if there are discarded tree branches, piles of leaves, unused lumber, and more in empty lots or in storage areas.
Premises Liability in Trailer ParksYou may be able to file a lawsuit for premises liability if you can prove that the property owner or responsible individual acted in a negligent manner with respect to his land. He must have behaved in a way that raised hazards or resulted in dangerous situations. The points of premises liability are as follows:
- The property owner caused the hazard or directly contributed to its creation and perpetuation
- The property owner knew about the hazard but chose not to fix it, repair it, or alert a more prudent entity to its existence
- The property owner did not know about the hazard but should have, in the way any reasonable owner, landlord, or entity who paid attention and cared to inspect the property would have
Find out more about how we can help you. CHAT LIVE with a representative now.Repairs to streets, water mains, laundry centers, sidewalks, and more are the responsibilities of the park’s owner. If a mobile home park is not being repaired by management, there could be plenty of accidents that happen. Some examples of accidents include:
- Trip and fall or slip and fall
- Injuries from defective electronics
- Sickness from contaminated water
- Adverse reaction to pesticides
- Assault and battery
- Car accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Broken bones
- Internal organ damage
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Back and spinal cord troubles
- Neck injuries
- Torn muscles
- Nerve damage
Compensation from a Premises Liability ClaimVictims of accidents due to improper management by a mobile home park owner should be aware that they can receive ample cm0enastoun for their damages. Our team of attorneys will do all we can to bring you the maximum settlement available under the law. We will strive to secure you the following:
- Medical expenses from the past and future for any surgery fees, medication, hospitalization costs, physical therapy sessions, and more
- Lost wages from the past and future for any days of missed work
- Property damage for any lost or broken belongings and items
- Pain and suffering damages to cover PTSD, anxiety, fear, emotional suffering, and mental scarring
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