When Do You Have a Premises Liability Lawsuit?
Injuries which were suffered on someone else’s property may mean you have the basis for a premises liability lawsuit. You have the right, under the law, to assume that you will be safe from harm while you are on someone else’s property. Some of the more common incidents which occur and ultimately end up in a personal injury lawsuit being filed involve things like slipping and falling, debis falling, and even a dog bite injury.
Most slip and fall accidents are caused by something spilled on the floor of a store or at a restaurant. Slippery things like like water, spilled food, or ice are often on the floor at grocery stores or restaurants and can pose a hazard to the visiting public. If the floors are slippery, sticky, or wet, that can cause an accidental slip and fall. Uneven surfaces, or a hole in the floor or defective or poorly maintained floors and stairs can also cause a potential hazard.
Premises liability lawsuits settlements include more than just slip and fall incidents. Improper lighting can cause difficulty. For instance, if you are heading down a stairwell which has a light out, you may not be able to see sufficiently, and put your foot down wrong, thus falling. Both the building owner and management companies would be liable in this case. Other situations such as an inadequate amount of security, or an unsafe building design or construction may contribute to an incident which causes injury to someone who is legally on the premises. While shopping in a store and something falls on you, causing injury you may have a premises liability lawsuit. It could be something like an item off a shelf in a store, or a broken ceiling tile falling down and causing injuries. Anything which happens and ends up to cause some type of harm would fall under the category of a premises liability lawsuit, and the owner or the occupier of the property where you were injured may be held liable for those injuries.
A slip and fall accident can happen just about anywhere and anyplace. Some of the more common places for a trip and fall accident are in restaurants where slippery floors are very common, and in grocery stores where, again, spilled foods can cause a hazard. Other places like driveways, parking lots, sidewalks, banks and even hospitals are commonly found to be involved in a premises liability lawsuit settlement case. As it is the responsibility of a business to have good procedures and policies in place for preventing slips trips and falls in their establishment, if there can be found to be a lack of care or procedure, they will be found to be liable for any injuries suffered while on their property.