Overview of Premises Liability
Premises liability is a broad term that encompasses many types of cases including those involving building design flaws, unsafe interior and exterior conditions, environmental hazards, improper traffic patterns, and a wide range of other issues related to individual security. Premises liability holds owners and occupiers of property legally responsible for accidents and injuries that occur on that property. Incidents that give rise to premises liability claims can range from a slip and fall on a public sidewalk to an injury suffered on an amusement park ride. Depending on the legal rules and principles in place, liability of owners and occupants of property will vary. The court will focus on the status of the injured party in determining the liability of the owner or occupant.
What is Premises Liability?
A common example of premises liability is the case of a customer slipping and falling on a wet floor. The law provides that the owner of property is charged with maintaining that property in a reasonably safe manner. Failing to adequately maintain the safety of the area will result in the owner of the property being held accountable to pay for the injuries that the property may have caused to others. If the owner of the property allows dangerous activities to occur on the property that could expose a person to harm, the owner will again be held liable for the injuries to that person. A property owner has a duty to exercise reasonable care for the safety of people on their property.
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Any accident occurring on or around the property of another which results in injury or death should be thoroughly investigated to determine if the landowner is liable to the injured party for failing to keep the premises in a safe condition. An attorney who is knowledgeable in the law of premises liability can advise you regarding the property owner's responsibilities under the laws of your state. An attorney experienced in the area of premises liability will be able to advise you of your rights.