What is premises liability?
In this blog, we often discuss personal injury matters that result from the acts of negligent drivers. While, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle accidents remain one the leading causes of injury and death in the U.S., every year hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. suffer injuries from a host of other causes.
Falls, being struck an object, drowning, dog bites and accidental poisoning are all other commonly-cited sources of injuries in the U.S. In many cases, these types of injuries occur on private property or the premise of a business or governmental entity. In cases where an individual chooses to pursue legal action to recover damages related to medical expenses, lost wages and disability; legal issues related to premises liability must be addressed.
Premises liability relates to the responsibility that property owners have to ensure that their premise is safe and free of hazards. From a slip-and-fall case involving a homeowner who failed to fix a broken staircase to an assault that occurred because a business failed to provide adequate security; premises liability cases hinge on the basis that a property owner’s negligence caused or contributed to an individual’s injuries.
There’s a big difference, however, between a genuine accident and one that stems from a home or business owner’s negligence. It’s crucial, therefore, that individuals who plan to pursue legal action in these types of cases seek the advice and assistance of an attorney.
A personal injury attorney who handles premises liability matters will thoroughly investigate the facts of a case and examine the events that both preceded and transpired after an accident and injury occurred. In cases where legal action is warranted, damages recovered via premises liability lawsuits may aid in the recovery of compensatory damages to cover related medical and other costs and expenses.
Source: FindLaw.com, “Premises Liability: Who Is Responsible?,” April 17, 2015
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