For most people, the term ‘premises liability’ sounds like legal jargon that attorneys would use but could never affect them. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Premises liability law is pervasive, applying to many public and private spaces. It’s designed to protect people from the negligence of homeowners, businesses, and in certain circumstances, the government. The most important thing to remember about premises liability is that if you become injured due to the negligence of someone else, you can seek financial compensation.
Premises liability is a subset of personal injury law. In a nutshell, it designates that property owners are responsible for the safety of anyone on their property. Should a visitor on their property become injured, the property owner is helped liable for those injuries. There are several different variations of premises liability cases, including:
- Dog bites and other attacks by pets
- Wet, slippery, or cluttered floors
- Any dangerous condition on a property
- Broken stairs or hand railings
- Lack of building or parking lot security
- Poorly maintained elevators or escalators
- Defective lighting
Should an injury, such as a slip and fall, arise from any of the above situations, the injury victim may be able to pursue a premises liability claim against the property owner. Property owners are responsible for any medical bills, lost wages, damaged personal property, and the pain and suffering of anyone injured on their property due to negligence.
Under certain circumstances, governmental entities are also subject to premises liability law. The government can sometimes be held liable for injuries resulting from poorly maintained sidewalks, obstructed traffic signals, or even badly designed roadways. Car accident lawyers will often examine the road conditions to see if they played a role in the car crash. Road conditions that stem from negligence can lead to lawsuits against the government.
The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth helps injury victims seek financial compensation due to the negligence of property owners. For a free legal consultation, call 888-517-9888 today. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you win your case.