All You Need To Know About Premises Liability

Premises liability is a legal concept used when an individual experiences a personal injury as a result of defective or unsafe conditions on another person’s property.  The majority of personal injury cases are based on negligence and for a person to win premises liability, the injured party must prove that the property owner was negligent.  A negligent property owner refers to an individual who fails to use reasonable care to maintain their property; thereby, placing a staff member or visitor at risk of injury.  

Many people feel they are entitled to compensation when experiencing a personal injury, but this is not the case.  It is vital to note that because you are injured on a person’s property, it does not mean that the property owner is considered negligent.  Moreover, merely having the property being in an unsafe condition does not place the property owner in a position of liability.  To show to property owner is liable, you must prove that he or she knew of the unsafe condition and failed to repair the situation.

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What Are The Different Types Of Premises Liability?

There are various kinds of premises liability situations and these can include the following:

slip and fall accidents
snow and ice accidents
water leaks and flooding-related injury
toxic fumes and chemical-related injury
improper maintenance of the property
defective or unsafe conditions on the property
swimming pool-related accidents
fire-related accidents
defective stairways, steps and entrances
elevator or escalator-related accidents
unsuitable property security resulting in assault or injury

As can be seen, premises liability cases cover a plethora of different accident scenarios.

What Is The Property Owner’s Duty Of Care?

The property owner’s duty of care will depend on the state, but the average rule-of-thumb is that the property owner owes a duty of reasonable care in owning and maintaining property.  Certain states apply an old-fashioned rule regarding duty of care which restricts the property owner’s obligations based on the status of the visiting party.  In Long Island, New York owners must reasonably care for their property under the circumstances regardless of the “status” of the person who is injured while on the property. property.  A duty of care is owed to the invitee and the owner needs to maintain a reasonably safe environment. Contact The Law Offices of Elan Wurtzel by calling (516) 822-7866 today.




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