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Attractive nuisances can be particularly dangerous

Property owners and occupants have to be aware of certain hazards that are on their property. They might already realize that they have to watch out for obvious issues like icy sidewalks and similar hazards. But, many might not be aware that they also need to check for attractive nuisances.

Just to be clear, there isn't any firm requirement that says that all property owners have to childproof their property. Instead, property owners have to secure attractive nuisances that are likely going to cause problems.

This is where the concept of an attractive nuisance comes into the picture. An attractive nuisance is anything that a child would find so enticing that he or she can't help but go over and explore the item. Some examples include swimming pools, play sets and lawn equipment.

In some cases, such as swimming pools, there are state laws that dictate what is required to keep people safe. If these measures aren't taken, the issue can lead to a legal liability if someone happens upon the pool and drowns.

There are three components to the attractive nuisance doctrine. One is that children don't have the understanding necessary to comprehend dangers they face. The next is that the property owner would have to have a reason to think that a child would venture onto the property. The final is that a property owner who doesn't secure attractive nuisances when the first two components are present can be held liable.

For the parents of a child who is harmed by an attractive nuisance, seeking compensation for the damages that the child suffered because of the child's injuries might be possible.

Source: FindLaw, "Dangers to Children: What is an Attractive Nuisance?," accessed Oct. 27, 2016

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