Premises Liability Injury Causes

If you have been injured on someone else’s property, such as an acquaintance, business owner or an employer then you may have heard the of premises liability law. Premises liability is simply the legal term for the responsibilities and obligations all property owners, public and private have a legal duty to uphold. If a property owner fails to take reasonable measures to uphold the safety of their property, then they may be held liable for any injuries or accidents that occur upon it.

Personal injury caused by the negligence of a property owner or manager may be the result of a wide variety of contributing factors. The most common causes are: unsafe walkways, which are slippery from ice, water or other slippery substances and may cause slip and fall accidents unsafe and poorly maintained walkways, which may cause trip and fall accidents, improper signage warning of dangers, which are the most frequent causes of accidents at construction sites, dangerously inadequate or negligent security on the premises, which may lead to violent crimes such as rape or assault, insufficient or poor lighting on the premises which may lead to accidents or crime, falling objects and lack of proper supervision but swimming pools or leaks.

It is very easy to realize after a quick look at the common causes of the premises liability injuries listed above that dangerous premises exist everywhere. Although it may seem simple and black-and-white to determine whether a property owner is legally responsible for any injuries that occur on their property, the laws are more subtle and complex. Under premises liability law the injured person must either be an invitee, which is a non-commercial guest of the property owner, a licensee, which is a commercial guest of the property owner, or a trespasser, which is a person who has entered the property without the permission of the property owner. Premises liability compensation will depend in part of the status of the injured person. Additionally the property owner must be found legally negligent for any claims to be actionable.

If you have been the victim of an injury on someone else’s property then you may be able to receive damages for your medical costs, loss of short term and long-term income, emotional and physical suffering or physical disfigurement. However, premises liability law is complicated and difficult to navigate and premises liability claims are best filed with the assistant of an experienced attorney.