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What if Someone Gets Hurt on Your Property?

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  • What if Someone Gets Hurt on Your Property?

    Hey everyone. I'm working on an article for the StoreLocal blog about what to do if someone gets hurt on your self storage property.

    Some of this will be easy, I think. If someone's hurt badly enough, you'll want to call 911. If it's an employee, they may be entitled to workman's compensation until they recover.

    Is it a good idea to have an emergency contact for each tenant, just in case? Do any of you have that?

    Are there times when you would drive the tenant to the doctor or hospital, especially considering how expensive ambulances can be? (Suppose the tenant refuses an ambulance for that reason.)

    Are there situations I've missed here that you can think of off the top of your head, and how would you handle them?

    Thanks in advance! Everyone here has been really helpful with my other questions.

  • #2
    I think that I would call 911 in most situations. Thankfully, knock on wood, I have only had 1 time in 17 years I needed to. The tenant fell off the back of his pickup truck with the back gate down. I would not drive a tenant to the hospital. What if you were to get into an accident? and it was your fault? or your car broke down and timely medical help is needed. Nope. Call 911. If they refuse treatment from EMS you did what you could to help them.

    I try to get emergency contacts of tenants just in case.
    The future depends on what you do in the present.

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    • #3
      Our lease has a big paragraph about that. However things can happen. Your biggest protection is liability INSURANCE for your property.

      I also would never drive a tenant to the hospital. That is a major liability.
      Stephanie Tharpe
      Senior VP of Operations
      A+ Storage of Tennessee, LLC
      Nashville, TN
      http://www.aplustorage.com
      615.288.2162

      TNSSA Board of Directors
      www.tnssa.net

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