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Premises Liability

Premises liability law is the body of law which makes the person who is in possession of land or premises responsible for certain injuries or accidents suffered by persons who are on the premises.  Premises liability claims can be filed for a variety of reasons. For example, slip and fall claims are common which are discussed in more detail below.  In addition claims may be filed for injuries that are a result of inadequate security on the premises, dangerous defects on the property, or defective equipment.  A landowner owes a special duty to his or her customer.  He must insure the premises are safe.  If someone is injured while there for the benefit of the landowner, and the landowner could have prevented it, then the landowner is liable to the customer.  In recent years, this area of the law has evolved to include cases where a person is injured on the premises of another by a third person's wrongful or criminal act.  An example would be when a patron is injured in a bar fight by another patron and seeks to hold the bar owner liable.  These cases are sometimes referred to as "third party premises liability" cases and they represent a highly complex area of the law, posing difficult legal issues of duty and causation.

Below is a list of common premise liability scenarios:

  • Snow and ice claims from sidewalks, parking lots
  • Defective stairways or ramps
  • Tripping and falling due to uneven surfaces and curbs
  • Balcony/porch/deck defects
  • Floor collapse
  • Injuries, assaults and wrongful death from negligent security
  • Slip and fall on oil spill
  • Slip and fall on vegetable oil in grocery store
  • Fall in parking lot from negligent tree crutch placement
  • Defects at commercial properties causing slips, trips or falls
  • Injuries from flooding or water leaks
  • Slips and falls from water, spills, and cleaning agents
  • Elevator and escalator accidents
  • Third party assault on commercial property
  • Inadequate security
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Swimming pool defects or accidents
  • Exposure to fumes or chemicals
  • Building or housing code violations
  • Failure to repair or maintain premises
  • Falling merchandise or debris
  • Unprotected or unmarked holes
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