When someone is injured because of an issue or defect on the property where they were at the time, it falls under premise liability. If a property owner fails to maintain a safe environment for guests, or neglects to warn guests of a defect or issue which could cause injury, they may be liable. For example, there are a number of items and substances which, when left on the ground or floor can be a life-threatening hazard. Also, if a property owner provides any sort of tools or device, such as a ladder, and it causes injury to the guest because of a defect in the device, the property owner is considered liable. In such cases, a good premise liability lawyer can determine what dangerous conditions existed that the property owner knew about, or should have known about.
Premise Liability Facts
Dangerous conditions at a grocery or other store, on the job, in stairwells and on stairways, in bars, restaurants, nightclubs, shopping malls, hotels, cracked sidewalks, and icy or snowy surfaces, etc should always be addressed immediately by the property owner. In cases where they aren’t, and someone suffers a slip and fall or other injury, a premise liability attorney can help the victim to receive compensation for their injuries. In a few cases, the injury may not even happen on the property. For example, in the cases of bars and nightclubs, the owner could also be liable if a guest is served too much alcohol, leaves the property, and injures someone else. If you or someone you love has been injured because of unsafe conditions, contact a premise liability lawyer as soon as you can. If possible, take pictures of the defect or issue that caused the injury.
What does Premise Liability Mean?
When someone suffers injury due to such negligence of a property owner, the victim can lose time from work, have mounting medical bills, and, in some cases even become disabled. It is important that they receive the compensation they need to continue to pay their bills and maintain an normal life as possible. Our premise liability attorneys can help make sure this happens for you.
Is the Property Owner Liable?
A simple investigation will help us determine whether the property owner is liable. Did the owner already know of the conditions which contributed to the injury? If not, should they have known? Was the head injury, neck and spinal cord injury, fracture, back injury, or other injury due to the negligence of the property owner? Was their leaky pipes that caused a slip and fall? What about broken gutters which poured water onto the sidewalk? Did the property owner fail to remove ice or snow? Were cracks in the cement or floor overlooked and ignored by the property owner? Injuries at swimming pools, elevators, porch railings…fire and smoke injuries, dog bites or other animals attacks, toxic chemicals, building code violations, falling objects and even rapes or other assaults in areas where no security was offered can all fall under premise liability. In such cases, a premise liability attorney can help the victim receive the compensation they deserve.