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
  • Sandboxes
  • Abandoned appliances (ovens, refrigerators, etc.)
  • Abandoned cars
  • Playground equipment
  • Trampolines

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.