Landowners and tenants of property have a legal obligation to properly maintain their premises. Premise liability is the legal responsibility for accidents and injuries that occur on your property. These are most commonly classified as slip and fall injuries but can also include injuries that result from equipment located on the property. Personal injury lawsuits can be brought against a property owner if an accident occurred as a result of the owner’s negligence.
In order to file a lawsuit for premise liability the accident must satisfy some criteria including:
- The property owner must be responsible for the unsafe conditions that led to the accident
- The property owner must have been aware that the hazardous condition occurred or was likely to occur and didn’t take steps to fix it
- The danger was one that a reasonable person would be able to know about and would have taken precautions to resolve it
If you have suffered a premise accident you may be able to recover your medical expenses as well as money for your pain and suffering. A personal injury attorney will discuss your case to determine if you should file a lawsuit.
Premise liability accidents may occur on:
- Private property
- Public state property
- Public city property
In some cases, the liability may be unclear. Your attorney will work with you to determine the liability in your case. Accidents are commonly due to negligence on the part of the property owner. For example, if you fall as the result of a wet floor, the property owner may be responsible. If the owner knew that there was a possibly dangerous condition but did not take any steps to resolve it, they are liable. Your attorney will often be able to negotiate a settlement. If no agreement for a settlement is reached, the case will go to court. Your attorney will work to get you the money you deserve for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages.