Premises liability refers to any incident or injury, such as a slip and fall, that occurs due to the negligence of a property owner. Such injuries can occur in a residential or commercial setting, indoors or outdoors. The injured person can be anyone on the property—guests, visitors, clients, employees, and in some cases, trespassers. Premises liability includes many types of events that occur in and on property such as those involving structural design flaws, unsafe conditions, environmental hazards, improper traffic patterns, negligently placed or dropped items on floors, and a wide range of other issues.
Premises Liability Claims
Slips and falls, and other premises liabiltiy claims happen from incidents occurring on properties such as:
- Parking lots and garages
- Roadways, including sidewalks, bridges and overpasses
- Malls, shopping centers and retail stores
- Single family homes and apartment complexes
- Sports arenas
- Business complexes and conference centers
- Amusement parks
Premises liability does not only take into account existing standards. In many cases, security-related premises liability matters involve issues such as physical security standards and generally accepted security practices. Crime statistics, event history, community standards and specific risk considerations also aide in determining whether an event that led to injury or death was foreseeable and preventable.
Property owners have the responsibility to adhere to reasonable standards of safety, and to provide those on their property a secure environment. If you feel an injury you’ve endured is a direct result of a property owner’s negligence, speak to a personal injury attorney. Premises liability cases involve complex legal matters and oftentimes involve the property owner’s insurance company. Without the proper representation of a personal injury attorney, these cases can be difficult to prove. You have the right to seek compensation for lost wages and medical bills, as well as damages for pain and suffering, mental anguish, and disfigurement, as well as permanent injuries.