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Premise Liability

What Are Property Owners Liable For?

Property owners have a legal obligation to ensure their premises are reasonably safe for visitors and to address any potential hazards that may arise. However, property owners are not liable for all injuries that occur on their property. For example, if you are trespassing on the property, the property owner may not be liable if you are injured. To pursue a premise liability case, the injuries must have been sustained in an accident, and the cause of the accident must have been an unaddressed hazardous condition on the property. An unaddressed hazardous condition can be shown if the property owner had prior notice of the condition or if the property owner took too long to address or remedy the condition. In other words, if someone were to drop a container of liquid in front of the victim, causing them to slip minutes later, the property owner may not be liable: it is not reasonable that they would be aware of the spill immediately. However, if the spill occurred sometime earlier and no steps have been taken to clean it or warn of its presence, the property owner may be liable for injuries it causes.

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What is Premise Liability?

Common premise liability claims can include slip and falls or trip and falls due to spills, leaks, clutter, debris, poor flooring condition, broken handrails, uneven flooring, uneven stairs, etc. Slip and fall or trip and fall accidents may not seem like a big deal, but they can often result in serious injuries. Property owners have a duty to ensure their premises are safe and to remedy or provide warning of any dangerous conditions that may exist. However, your rights may also be affected by your status on the property.

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