Attractive Nuisance Doctrine Injuries
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Children are afforded some of the most generous legally-required care by
premises liability laws—and for good reason considering many times
they cannot recognize the risks they may be taking with their actions.
For this reason, all states have adopted an “attractive nuisance”
doctrine, which places the responsibility on property owners to take adequate
precautions to protect features that may cause injuries to children.
However, accidents do happen and if the proper precautions have not been
taken around one of these features, a property owner may be liable for
compensation. The reputable
North Carolina premises liability attorneys at
Twiggs, Strickland & Rabenau have assisted numerous clients throughout the state of with injury claims
of all types, including attractive nuisance cases. With over 60 years
of combined experience as well as a multitude of awards and accolades
for legal practice excellence, our skilled legal professionals can provide
you with reputable, effective counsel to help you put forth your case
in the most optimal fashion.
Call Twiggs, Strickland & Rabenau at
919.701.8132 today to secure our assistance in fighting for your legally-entitled compensation.
What Is An Attractive Nuisance?
North Carolina follows the Restatement of Torts standard for determining
whether a premises owner is liable for an injury as a result of one of
their property features. Essentially, if the landowner with a dangerous
feature on their property knows that young, unaware children may trespass
and they do nothing to fix the problem despite having the ability to do
so at reasonable cost, then they could be held liable.
Attractive nuisances can be nearly any property feature, including:
- Swimming pools
- Abandoned appliances (ovens, refrigerators, etc.)
- Abandoned cars
- Playground equipment
While there are a few features which nearly always will be held as attractive
nuisance features, nearly anything that fits this definition can be cause
for liability. This includes things that may not seem like they would
attract children, but can easily be climbed on, such as old lumber piles
or large piles of dirt. Mitigating these charges with a sign does not
always absolve a premises owner of liability, as in many cases children
who trespass may be too young to read in the first place.
If you believe you may have a claim due to an attractive nuisance injury,
contact our attorneys at Twiggs, Strickland & Rabenau today and request a
initial case evaluation.