Q What Is “Premises Liability"?
Premises liability refers to the set of laws that hold a home or business owner responsible for injuries that may occur on their premises.
A landowner has a responsibility to maintain safe conditions on their premises, and if they fail to warn about or correct a dangerous condition on the property, they may be liable for any injuries that occur as a result.
Common premises liability claims are caused by slip and fall injuries often due to icy sidewalks, wet floors, cracked or slippery walking surfaces, and other obstructions; construction accidents — such as falling bricks or ceilings — that harm visitors; and assaults that occur because the property has inadequate security measures, such as poor lighting and a lack of surveillance cameras.
Owners could also be liable for an inadequately guarded swimming pool, torn carpeting, potholes in a parking lot, broken doors and windows, weak locks, unrestrained or improperly trained animals, insufficiently trained guards, and broken equipment.
One key factor for determining premises liability is the legal status of the visitor. The visitor is one of the following: invitee, social guest/licensee, or trespasser. Status is important when assessing a premises liability claim because a trespasser is unlikely to be compensated for a premises liability case.
If you believe you have a premises liability case, it's important to contact a premises liability attorney as soon as possible, as most cases are time-sensitive.
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