The legal term “premises liability” typically refers to injuries or deaths that occur due to negligent maintenance or dangerous conditions on property that is owned by someone other than the person who was injured or killed.
Premises liability laws vary greatly from state to state, and what may be considered a valid premises liability claim in one state may not be so in another. An experienced premises liability attorney at Jacoby & Meyers can review your case during a confidential consultation and decide if you do, indeed, have a valid claim.
Most states have laws that require land owners and building owners to maintain their property in a manner so as not to cause injury to others. Often these laws pertain to residential homeowners and business owners.
In many states, business and property owners have a duty to provide a reasonably safe environment for any individual who comes onto their premises. If you or a loved is injured because a property owner or a business owner failed to provide a safe environment, you may have a valid premises liability injury claim and may be able to collect damages incurred due to your injury.
Damages in a Premises Liability Claim
The following is a partial list of expenses for which you may receive financial compensation:
- Medical expenses
- Prescription expenses
- Physical rehabilitation
- Lost wages
- Future lost wages
- Travel expenses to medical appointments
- Funeral expenses in the event of wrongful death
- Pain and suffering
Common Premises Liability Cases
Some examples of the more common types of premises liability cases include the following:
- Slip and fall accidents at commercial establishments (such as falls caused by liquids, obstacles in an aisle, parking lot hazards, lack of snow or ice removal)
- Slip and falls caused by unsafe property conditions (such as large pot holes in parking lots, obstacles in parking lots, construction zones not clearly marked)
- Construction site accidents
- Swimming pool accidents
- Negligent security (e.g., assault or other violent acts committed due to lack of the proper security measures on the premises)