Under premises liability law, a property owner is held legally accountable when his negligence causes injury or death to people who come on to his property. The kinds of incidents that give rise to premises liability claims may include a slip and fall at a mall or theatre, an amusement park injury, or an assault in a parking garage.
Property owners are commonly held accountable when they allow a dangerous condition to exist on their property without fixing it or warning people about it-things like rotten wood in a staircase, or greasy tiles in an entrance way, or a dangerous dog. Far too many people suffer a serious personal injury or even death simply because a property owner failed to take even the most basic precautions for public safety.
In many premises liability cases, unsafe conditions were pointed out to the property owner when previous incidents of injury took place, yet nothing was done to make the dangerous area safer. This type of negligence is simply inexcusable.
Types of injuries you may have suffered due to unsafe property:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Gunshot wounds
- Knife wounds
- Sexual assault
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
Determining fault is not always easy in premises liability cases. Laws that fall under this category vary in each state and jurisdiction. In most cases, in order for someone who has been injured to hold a property owner liable for an incident, the victim will have to prove the following:
- The defendant was in control of the property-either as an owner, landlord, or manager
- The defendant knew or should have known about an unsafe condition but failed to either fix it or warn people about it
Many premises liability cases where injuries or deaths occur happen at the following locations:
- Apartment complexes
- Shopping centers
- ATM kiosks
- Parking lots
If you or someone you care about has been injured due to a dangerous condition on someone else's property, please give us a call. With 25 years of experience handling premises liability cases, we understand premises liability law and we understand what you are going through. We can help.
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The premises liability attorneys of Polewski & Associates help accident victims get the compensation they deserve. If you were seriously injured while visiting dangerous property, please call us today.