What You Need to Know About Premises Liability
Posted On behalf of Pfeifer Morgan & Stesiak on Sep 01, 2016 in Premises Liability
When a person is injured on someone else’s property due to an owner’s negligence, the legal concept of premises liability may be involved.
Premises liability maintains that property owners must ensure their premises are safe for authorized visitors. If they fail to do so, innocent people can be hurt. Property owners are legally bound by local, state and federal laws to keep their property free from dangerous conditions or unsafe areas.
Winning a premises liability case involves proving that the property owner was negligent and did not use reasonable care. In addition to lack of reasonable care, it must also be proven that the owner knew the property was not safe, yet failed to take action to fix the problem area.
These types of cases typcially require the help of an experienced South Bend premises liability attorney who can help you determine if you have a case, who should be held liable and how to gather the evidence to do so.
Examples of Premises Liability Cases
Various personal injury cases fall under the premises liability umbrella such as:
- Toxic fumes
- Amusement park accidents
- Defective conditions
- Dog bites
- Slip and falls
- Swimming pool accidents
- Elevator accidents
- Lack of building security
- Ice and snow accidents
Many times, premises liability cases are caused by poor construction, defective materials, faulty electrical wiring, building code violations or water or snow left on walkways. Instances like loose flooring, oily floors or rugs that are not secure can be the primary causes of injuries.
Types of Premises Liability Injuries
While a slip and fall accident may not appear to be as traumatic as a car collision, the injuries can be devastating. Common types of premises liability injuries include burns, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones and neck injuries.
If you were hurt on someone else’s property and are dealing with medical bills, injuries and lost income, contact the law firm of Pfeifer, Morgan & Stesiak right away. Experienced South Bend personal injury lawyers are available to review your case for free and assist you in receiving the compensation and justice you deserve.