What is Premises Liability?

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.