Owners of properties are legally and morally responsible for ensuring that their properties are not inherently dangerous to the community and are reasonably safe to the best of their knowledge. If a patron suffers from injuries due to negligence on behalf of the property owner, then the owner must be held responsible for the injuries, and he or she must provide full compensation for damages such as pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost wages.
Although federal, state, and local laws vary with regard to the responsibilities that property owners have, the basic fundamental concept remains the same. Property owners are obligated to keep their land and properties safe. Should property owners fail to do so, innocent individuals may sustain permanent or life-threatening injuries. Premise liability, by definition, encompasses a wide range of claims such as:
• Slips and falls
• Staircase accidents
• Electrocution and electricity
• Insufficient security
• Defective sidewalks
The most common type of all premises liability cases, slip and fall accidents, occurs in various conditions. Poor weather conditions that cause rain, ice, and sleet, lack of protected areas around pools, poor lighting, torn carpet, slippery or wet floors, broken stair rails, uneven steps or floors, and cracked sidewalks may all result in a slip and fall accident.
A victim may also be entitled to bring about a premises liability claim if he or she suffered an injury due to malfunctioning electrical wiring, poor construction or building materials, snow or water on walkways, or building code violations.
If you or someone you love has suffered from broken bones, burns, electrical shocks, or head, spinal cord, neck, or other serious injuries following a slip and fall accident, a premises liability attorney at Petro Cohen Petro Matarazzo can inform you of your legal rights and work to help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled. Call (888) 675-7607 to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.