Much has changed in the last year and a half due to the pandemic. For many Pennsylvanians, these changes included a change of address. Increases in working-from-home arrangements, the desirability to be closer to family and fluctuations in incomes have motivated many folks to move to a new home.
If you are part of this group of people who moved recently, one thing you will want to be aware of is the possible safety hazards that may come with your new homes and neighborhood.
Neighborhood dogs can be a nuisance, from barking to trampling gardens. However, the biggest threat they can pose to others is when they bite or attack.
When you move into a new building or neighborhood, it can be wise to check out which neighbors have dogs, how (and if) they restrain them and whether they may be aggressive. You might also visit community websites or talk to your neighbors about whether dogs in the area are known to roam or be dangerous.
You likely had your home inspected to ensure there were no toxic or hidden threats on the property. However, there can be dangerous conditions in the area that you are not aware of, including:
- Pools without proper security or safety precautions
- Hazardous waste sites
- Air or water pollution
- Areas of neighborhood violence or crime
You may not be responsible for these dangerous conditions, but they can put you and your family in danger.
Sidewalks, entryways and staircases can be quite dangerous if people do not properly maintain them. They can cause people slip, trip and fall, suffering serious injuries.
Around the neighborhood, you might encounter these hazards at nearby businesses, in common building spaces and outside your neighbor’s home. Property owners should know they are responsible for maintaining safe premises, but unfortunately, some owners are negligent in this respect.
What to do if there is an accident
Moving is already a stressful experience; it can be even more stressful for people who get hurt by dangerous conditions in their new surroundings. Those in this situation can call The Quinn Law Firm at 814-833-2222 to discuss the legal remedies that may be available.