The law requires property owners to provide safe and hazard-free environments to everyone who visits their property. This obligation is known as premises liability. It holds a property owner responsible for any injuries resulting from their negligence to maintain their property in a reasonably safe state.
If you or a loved one sustained injuries on someone else’s premises, an attorney can help you prove that the property owner or lessee was negligent of their obligations.
Types of Premises Liability Cases
Most types of premises liability cases fall under personal injury claims. Below are some common types of premises liability cases:
Slip and Fall Accident Claims
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), slip and fall accidents can cause serious injuries, including head trauma, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), and fractured hips, ankles, arms, and wrists. These incidents may occur due to:
- Loose floorboards
- Uneven or wet surfaces
- Broken tiles or stairs
- Poor lighting
- Cluttered walkways
If there are any hazards on the premises, the property owner or manager is to warn patrons promptly, especially if they can’t fix it within a short time.
Dog Bite Claims
Dog bites are common in the United States, especially among children. They can lead to severe short and long-term injuries and infections.
A property owner may be held responsible if their dog attacked you without provocation while you were on their property.
Construction Site Accident Claims
Construction site accidents are twofold. The first type is accidents that affect workers; the second is those that affect passers-by. Construction sites are generally high-risk work environments, which makes it crucial for site owners to follow Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations.
Some examples of negligence that can lead to construction site injuries include:
- Failure to provide personal protective equipment to workers
- Failure to protect passers-by by sealing off a construction site
- Exposure to toxic chemicals or asbestos
Insufficient Security Claims
Did you know that you can be eligible for compensation if you got injured in an assault that happened on someone else’s property? Property owners are obligated to ensure the security of anyone visiting or working within their property. As such, it is in their domain to make sure that all areas are lit adequately and secured.
Who Can You Sue in a Premises Liability Case?
If you got injured as a result of someone else’s failure to keep their premises safe for visitors, the law allows you to sue for compensation by raising a premises liability claim. The parties you can pursue in a premises liability case include:
- A property owner or manager
- A construction site owner or company
- A business owner leasing a property from another party
- A government agency
- A homeowner
What Damages Are Awarded in a Premises Liability Case?
You can file a premises liability claim for any losses and expenses incurred. Damages account for both quantifiable and immeasurable losses. Common types of premises liability claim damages are:
- Past and future medical costs
- Lost income, benefits, and pension
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Scarring and disfigurement
If your loved one didn’t survive their injuries, you could seek wrongful death damages.
Our Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help You Pursue a Premises Liability Claim
It is not uncommon for negligent property owners and insurance companies to deny responsibility for personal injuries sustained on their property.
So, for your premises liability claim to go through, you need to demonstrate the following:
- The other party owed you a legal responsibility or duty of care to keep their premises safe.
- They failed to address potential harm or warn patrons about it.
- The property owner’s negligence resulted in an accident and your injuries.
- There are consequences of your injuries, which may include medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and more.
Our attorneys understand the law and legal statutes that shape premises liability claims. They can collect incident reports, accident scene photos, and your medical bills, among other types of evidence, and build your case for compensation.
George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers Can Represent You in and out of the Court
Our premises liability lawyers are dedicated to fighting for your justice. We will do all the legal heavy-lifting for you and work to ensure that you get the compensation you need to recover.
Give George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers a call today for a free consultation. We work on a contingency fee basis*, so we don’t charge any legal fees until we win your case.