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Premises Liability and Poor Lighting: Injuries in the Dark

By Sean Burke on January 31, 2015

A gavel in front of a law bookAt the Law Offices of Sean M. Burke, we fight for the legal rights of injury and accident victims throughout Orange County. This is particularly important in premises liability lawsuits, which take property owners to task for unsafe conditions. With than in mind, we'd like to consider premises liability lawsuits regarding poor lighting or insufficient lighting at businesses, parking lots or private roadways, and private properties.

Why Lighting Matters with Regard to Safety

When areas of a property are poorly lit or when a road is poorly lit, people negotiating such terrain may be literally flying blind. In the dark, hazards such as wires, dips, and holes may not be visible at all, making the potential for serious injury and even auto accidents a major possibility. This is why it is always important for property owners and property designers to be attentive and attuned when it comes to placing light sources and keeping places well lit and safe.

Sufficient Light Must Be Provided

One of the keys that has to be considered when it comes to properties and roadways is that there is sufficient lighting in all areas where people would venture. That means enough lights to keep potential hazards in view and so that no portion of a place--whether as store or a thoroughfare--is dark or dim. Lamps, bulbs, overhead lights, floor lights, and other forms of illumination should be in place to ensure the safety of visitors.

Malfunctioning Lights Need to Be Repaired

Sometimes there may be sufficient lighting in place but a bulb may burnt out or a light may simply stop working. In those cases, it's important that property owners replace the bulbs or cordon off that part of the property until the lighting issue is addressed. Temporary or emergency lighting may be placed if needed until the problem has been properly addressed.

What Property and Owners Need to Keep in Mind

Ultimately, proper lighting allows people who visit your place of business or use your facilities in some fashion to be safe within reason. It is not out of the ordinary to expect proper lighting or basic lighting, nor is it out of the ordinary to restrict access to poorly lift areas until a lighting issue can finally be resolved.

Property owners should keep these basic concerns in mind when constructing a new property or when running an existing property. These simple precautions can mean all the difference between a serious injury and a safe establishment.

How Our Legal Team Will Fight for You and Your Loved Ones

When poor lighting leads to an accident, our team of personal injury attorneys will fight diligently for you and your rights. During the premises liability lawsuit, our team will work tirelessly to ensure that you receive just compensation for injuries that have been sustained and hardships that have been endured. We will also attempt to make the business owner or property owner make positive changes with regard to safety and/or lighting to ensure such incidents do not occur in the future.

Contact the Law Offices of Sean M. Burke

To learn more about all of your legal options following a serious injury due to another person's negligence, it's important that you contact our personal injury law firm today. We at the Law Offices of Sean M. Burke will fight diligently for you and your legal rights, seeking damages for material losses and other kinds of hardships you have been forced to endure.

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