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10 Common Premises Liability Claims

Accidents can happen anywhere, but when they occur on someone else’s property due to some negligence or error by the land manager or owner, you may have a premises liability claim. When you visit someone else’s property, you have the right to expect the property to be reasonably safe. Property owners are generally responsible for maintaining their property or from preventing others from accessing potentially hazardous materials. When a property owner fails to keep their property reasonably safe, they can be held accountable for accidents that occur as a result.

If an injury takes place on another person’s property, the injured person may file a premises liability claim in order to obtain compensation for the damage they suffered. These types of cases vary in value depending on the nature of the injury, the type of property, and several other factors, but they can be extremely complex and costly.

Some of the most common types of premises liability claims include:

  1. Slip and fall accidents: If liquid, ice, or other debris is left on the floor, visitors could fall and injure themselves. Any loose wires, peeling flooring, broken tile, or other floor hazards could also cause someone to slip or trip.
  2. Stair accidents: Stairways can be dangerous, especially if the stairs are broken, uneven, unstable, or if the handrail is damaged or poorly secured to the wall.
  3. Escalator and elevator incidents: Like stairs, escalators can be hazardous, especially if the rotating belt that sets the escalator in motion is damaged. Elevators can also be dangerous if they are poorly maintained, badly designed, or installed incorrectly.
  4. Swimming pool incidents: In order to protect their visitors, property owners must enclose their swimming pools behind a barrier big enough to deter wandering children, otherwise accidental drowning incidents can occur. Public pools should also employ lifeguards and equip the pool area with adequate safety features to prevent diving accidents and other types of injuries or fatalities.
  5. Dog bites: Even the friendliest dogs have behavioral issues, which is why owners must be vigilant about caring for their dogs and preventing them from attacking strangers or visitors.
  6. Amusement park accidents: If rides are poorly designed or maintained, or if walkways are damaged or broken, visitors could be seriously injured at amusement parks.
  7. Fires: When a landlord or property owner or manager fails to follow proper safety rules, a fire could destroy personal property and injure the people within the building.
  8. Exposure to toxic chemicals: If a building is constructed using dangerous materials, or if toxic chemicals, (like paints or bleaches), are left unattended, tenants or property visitors could be seriously harmed.
  9. Floods or water leaks: Property owners must make sure any buildings they own are adequately cared for, otherwise tenants may deal with serious flood-related injuries or suffer costly property damage.
  10. Inadequate security: If property owners fail to supply security cameras, proper lighting, working locks, and other safety measures, they could be liable for any damage their tenants sustain.

Premises liability cases are often multifaceted, especially when the property owner refuses responsibility for the injured party’s damages. However, if you were wrongfully injured, you have every right to stand up for justice and fight for fair compensation.

Contact Simeone & Miller, LLP to discuss your premises liability case.