Garage doors are a staple in many homes. Even though they are quite common, there are many instances that can lead to injury. Unfortunately, many injuries are due to negligence. Being aware of these instances can help you avoid future injuries or pinpoint who is at fault for existing injuries.
The problem with garage doors can start as early as their installation. These doors have many moving parts and they need to be installed properly. If they are not installed correctly, then they are more likely to malfunction and cause serious injury or even death. When garage doors are being installed, the homeowner/landlord needs to ensure they hire someone qualified to install the new doors. It can also be beneficial to have the doors inspected after they are installed to make sure they were installed properly. If an injury occurs because the doors were not installed correctly, then the company responsible for installing the doors can be held liable.
Failure to Have an Inspection
A great deal of injuries and other issues can be avoided through the simple act of having an inspection done. An inspection allows you to identify risks of potential issues and you can address them before they become major problems. If your home is ever inspected, the garage door needs to be included in that inspection. Failing to have it inspected, can result in problems going unidentified and they may not be addressed until an injury has occurred. Many homes are inspected when a new tenant moves into the property. You may also have an inspection if other problems occur around the home. Instead of just having one area inspected at a time, you may find it beneficial to have the entire property inspected in order to reduce avoidable injuries.
Refusal to Fix Issues
Unfortunately, some landlords may deliberately choose not to fix existing problems. They may be motivated by saving money, time, etc. This type of negligence can be very dangerous. Your landlord is responsible for everything in your home and they are required to make sure it is a safe living environment. If they refuse to fix issues, then they are liable for any injuries you sustain.
Garage door injuries can be very painful and may even result in death. Many of these injuries are avoidable and are often due to negligence of someone else. It can be beneficial to you to understand what situations may result in injuries you are not at fault for.
If you have been injured in a garage door accident that was the result of someone else’s negligence, then contact an attorney today.