Premises Liability

Premises liability attorneys

When injuries occur as a result of hazard on property, claims for Premises Liability often arise. These hazards can include, but are not limited to:

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• Icy Sidewalks
• Improperly Built or Maintained Buildings
• Loose Fixtures
• Free-Roaming or Aggressive Dogs
• Lack of Adequate Security at a Business

Who bears responsibility for injuries caused by theses hazards?

In general, the landowners have a duty to ensure that their property is safe for those that are allowed on it. Business owners have a higher duty, as they invite the general public onto their property on a daily basis. As a matter of public policy, we don’t want going to the grocery store to be a dangerous activity, so the law imposes liability on those landowners that fail to meet their duty to make their property safe for those they invite to it.

In most cases, the plaintiff must prove that the condition that caused their injury was “unreasonable.” This simply asks the question: Would a reasonable person have known of the danger and found it to be significant enough that it should have been remedied before the accident occurred?

If the landowner knew or should have known that the  dangerous condition was present and did nothing to remedy or repair it, he or she may be liable for the harm caused by that condition.

Whether the landowner knew or should have known of the condition can be shown by previous accidents that may have occurred as a result of the same condition, by witnesses that can attest to the fact that the landowner knew of the danger, or through numerous other avenues. In the end, however, it is up to a jury to decide if it was unreasonable for the landowner to allow a dangerous condition on his or her land.

A good premises liability attorney can gather information and evidence that can help you prove to the jury that a landowner should be liable for harm that was caused on their property by their own negligence. If you were injured as a result of a dangerous condition on the property of another, contact us today. We may be able to help you recover expenses relating to your injury.