Property owners owe a duty of care to others to remove dangerous conditions from their property. This may include wet floors, poorly maintained stairs, or other hidden defects that pose an unreasonable risk of harm. In other cases, a property may include dangerous chemicals or substances that create serious health hazards.
Property owners are responsible for maintaining safe premises. When they fail to do so, and someone is harmed as a result of their negligence, there may be cause for a premises liability suit.
Although these lawsuits can be difficult—and while each case is unique—a thorough investigation can potentially prove owner negligence and liability resulting in compensation for an injured party.
Who Can be Liable if I’m Injured?
The most common example of a premises liability case is a slip and fall in a public place. However, all property owners owe a duty to the public at large to maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition. This duty applies to private individuals, governmental entities, and businesses. Examples of premise liability cases can include the following:
- Dangerous conditions on property;
- Dangerous animals;
- Toxic substances;
- Improper security;
- Intentional torts (assault and battery).
Getting Legal Help is the First Step
Our attorneys investigate potential premises cases for several issues, including whether the property owner knew of the problem and had time to correct it. Additionally, we look for issues like lack of maintenance or negligent security.
We use expert witnesses, such as engineers, architects, and maintenance experts, to help us understand how an accident happened and whether the owner could have prevented the accident.
If you’d like to discuss the details of a premises liability suit, please contact us.