Common Premises Liability Cases
Liability is a legal term that refers to being legally responsible — a person or entity that is determined to be liable has to provide compensation for expenses incurred. Liability is what we set out to prove in personal injury cases: the attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers gather evidence showing negligence so that those who are responsible for an injury are made to pay for the damages that have been suffered. There are many different types of personal injury cases that we pursue on behalf of our clients, including premises liability cases. In a premises liability case, a property owner or manager that has been negligent or careless in making sure that their premises are safe are held responsible for injuries that occurred on their property. The most common premises liability cases involve people slipping and falling as a result of poor maintenance.
The basic idea behind premises liability is that property owners need to exercise a reasonable duty of care for those who enter their property and that we have a right to be able to enter a property without fearing for our safety. Though a property owner may not be held completely responsible for damages if we are partially at fault for what happens and were not sufficiently careful, the general principle remains – if a person is invited onto a property, or is a welcome guest or a person is on the property to do business at the consent of the owner, then the owner is expected to provide an environment that is in reasonable condition. This is particularly true if an accident is foreseeable – for example, when a rug is loose, a stairway is poorly lit, a sidewalk unshoveled and icy.
There are a number of different circumstances in which a person can be hurt on somebody else’s property. Some of the most common premises liability cases include:
- Accidents caused by snow and ice
- Poor maintenance of the property
- Inadequate building security leading to assault
- Elevator or escalator accidents
- Swimming pool accidents
- Toxic chemicals or fumes
- Dog bite injuries
- Amusement park accidents
When incidents and circumstances like these result in a person on the property becoming injured, then the damages that are incurred are generally viewed as the legal responsibility of the person who was responsible for keeping the premises safe. A personal injury/premises liability lawsuit will resolve with them having to provide compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Generally speaking, a property owner does not have a duty of care to a person who is on their property without authorization unless the person is a child. In all other cases, there is an expectation that their property will be kept hazard-free and safe. If you or someone you love has been injured on another person’s property and you believe that negligence played a role, contact the premises liability attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers. We will carefully review the specifics of your case and let you know how we can help.