Premises Liability

What is Premises Liability?

Posted by on May 30, 2019 in Premises Liability | 0 comments

Unfortunately, the United States is a country in which people love to litigate or use legal action to achieve certain goals. Sometimes those goals can be admirable, such as when a person is injured as a result of a person or company’s poor decisions. However, as we all know, some lawsuits are frivolous, pointless, or boring. While I am not a lawyer, I simply cannot conceptualize ever being interested in copyright, patents, or some other form of litigation!

Most lawsuits are for valid reasons, especially when filed by average people — not large, powerful companies dealing with more complex matters. While most people associate legal action with unfortunate events such as car accidents or theft, there is one type of lawsuit that has been really interesting for me to research lately.

“Premises liability” is the legal concept I wanted to discuss. In this article, I will talk about this responsibility of businesses, how it relates to injuries, and what to do if you want to pursue a legal case involving premises liability.

Definition

Premises liability concerns legal cases wherein someone was injured on a property due to negligence on the part of the actor responsible for maintaining a safe property. One of the most famous examples of premises liability is when there is a wet floor by which someone could slip and drastically injure themselves, but there is no warning sign of the wet floor. In this case, under premises liability, a person could sue the owners or managers of the store containing the wet floor as failing to uphold their responsibility to people coming into the store.

There is one important distinction to make, however. Premises liability can only be extended in situations in which the visitor to the property is legally allowed onto the site of the premises. In the wide world of criminal history, you can bet there have been cases of thieves or burglars breaking into a building and getting injured while present on the site. In this situation, the owner of the property would almost never be held liable for the injuries of the trespasser or would-be criminal.

Injuries

But what exactly are the injuries covered by premises liability cases? Well, the possibilities are endless due to the fact that premises liability situations are not limited to any specific type of injury; any pain or condition caused by poor management or improper warning of environmental hazards can lead to premises liability claims.

However, certain injuries are predominant when it comes to premises liability cases; head trauma or neck injuries stemming from painful slip-and-fall situations are unfortunately common. Alongside these injuries are broken bones, cuts, lacerations, and other painful but usually non-fatal injuries.

If you think that a situation in which you were injured might count as a premises liability case, it is in your best interest to contact a lawyer as soon as possible. As the Jurewitz Law Group explains, the longer you wait, the harder it is to prove the environmental conditions that could have led to your injuries.

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