If you don’t know what premises liability is, you’re not alone. It’s a complicated sounding legal term, but the definition is fairly simple. Premises liability is a property owner’s legal responsibility to properly maintain that property for the safety of any customers or guests invited to visit. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a business or a private residence, all property owners have this responsibility. By law, there can be no hazards that could lead to serious injuries.
There are a variety of injuries that fall into the category of premises liability. In our years of service, the Allegheny County premises liability attorneys at SMA Law Group have just about seen it all. We have the experience needed to fight back against negligent property owners and get you the compensation you deserve. Some of the most common types of premises liability accidents are:
Falls Caused by Slipping or Tripping
The majority of premises liability injuries are caused by trip and fall or slip and fall accidents. This is especially true on commercial property such as grocery and retail stores or doctor’s offices and hospitals. Falls that happen on private property are considered homeowners’ claims. In these cases, your lawyer will seek compensation from the homeowner’s insurance company instead of directly from the property owner themselves.
Accidents in Swimming Pools
While drownings and near-drownings are certainly terrible, the situation is sometimes avoidable. Swimming pools must be kept safe for anyone invited onto the property, whether they are located at a waterpark, hotel, or private residence. Even when you assume some risk in their use, you may be able to file a claim against the property owner if the pool or surrounding area is in dangerous condition.
Dogs and other pets are seen as the property of their owners in the state of Pennsylvania. Putting customers, visitors, and guests in danger by allowing a vicious dog on the premises is considered a form of negligence.
Assaults Due to Lack of Security
Not every violent act against you makes you eligible to file a premises liability claim. However, properties such as performance venues and bars should have security measures in place to protect their customers. If security measures are lacking or inadequate and you are injured as a result, you may be able to hold the property owner legally responsible.
You’re not likely to know what kind of hazards await you on a property you visit, and as such, it’s impossible to predict any resulting accidents. If your injury was caused by a careless property owner, even if the case is complicated, you may have a right to compensation.
While injuries caused by a dangerous property and accident types differ greatly, all premises liability cases have the same following elements:
- The accident was caused or contributed to by the condition of the property.
- You received physical injuries due to the accident.
- The condition of the property was due to the negligent actions of the property owner.
If you’ve been injured in a property accident, you may not know what steps to take next. The proper course of action is easier than you think. First, call an Allegheny County premises liability attorney at the SMA Law Group. After contacting your lawyer, get your case reviewed and questions answered for free. Pursuing a claim is risk-free with our contingency plan, 24/7 service, and free case evaluation. We only get paid if you do. Your claim will never become a financial burden to your family.