Premises liability accidents happen every day, so if you ever find yourself
injured or otherwise harmed on another person or company’s property,
you should know precisely what you’re dealing with. Premises liability
refers to cases where a person or group of people are injured on another
property because of the owner’s negligence. Property owners have
a certain responsibility to maintain safe grounds for visitors, and if
they fail to do so they should be held liable for their actions. Find
out what makes a premises liability case, the common types of cases, and
what damages injured parties may pursue.
Key Components of a Case
In a premises liability case, the responsibility of the property owner
must be established. Whether they own land, a home, a shop, or office
building, it should be safely maintained and any dangerous areas should
be clearly marked. If an owner fails to keep his or her property safe
it could be considered negligence.
The relationship to the injured party must also be established. In legal
terms, the person injured in a premises liability case is considered either
an invitee, licensee, or trespasser, depending on his or her relationship
to the property owner. If the visitor was an invitee, the property owner
usually has more responsibility to provide a safe environment than he
or she does for a trespasser who was not invited to the property.
Common Types of Cases
Most premises liability cases can be categorized into one of the following:
Slip and fall: Perhaps the most common type of premises liability case, slip and fall
involves any type of accident where someone is hurt by a spill, dangerous
walkways, or other similar hazards.
Dog bite: Aggressive dogs or other animals can sometimes cause significant injury,
either on the owner’s private property or elsewhere.
Inefficient security: If a place lacks capable security which then results in injury, theft,
or another type of harm, the property owner may be liable.
Toxic exposure: Exposure to toxic chemicals or gasses, either at work, home, or elsewhere.
Compensation for Damages
If you are injured because of another person’s neglect or carelessness,
you may be able to seek compensation for damages, such as medical expenses,
loss of wages, and pain and suffering. While these are the most common
types of compensation pursued, there are other costs that could be reimbursed
if directly caused by the negligent party or the resulting injury.
While this information generally summarizes premises liability cases, it
is important to note that every case is different and as the situations
vary, so does the way the case is handled. If you believe you may have
a premises liability case, don’t wait to seek legal help. Contact
our firm to discuss your situation with our experienced lawyers and find
out what your next step should be.
To schedule a case evaluation for your personal injury case, contact Powell, Jackman, Stevens & Ricciardi, P.A.