When you walk into a store to make a purchase or into an office to conduct business, you have little doubt about your safety while you’re there. However, premises liability accident claims arise when property owners do not provide the duty of care that is required by law to keep those who visit their properties safe. Anyone conducting business with the public, whether commercially or in a governmental capacity, owes a level of care to provide for the safety of those who enter their domain. Likewise, homeowners have this same duty of care to visitors. If you are hurt on someone else’s property, you may have grounds for a premises liability claim if certain conditions are met. SMT Legal can help you identify any potential defendants in your claim.
What is “Duty of Care?”
“Duty of care” is a term establishing that an individual or third party has an obligation to keep the public reasonably safe. If a person’s actions fail to meet this standard of care, then their acts are considered negligent and they may find themselves with a lawsuit claiming damages.
Simply put, the duty of care means that you must take reasonable care to avoid acts or omissions when you can see that it might injure your neighbor or any other person who has a right to be on your property.
Exceptions to Duty of Care
There are some exceptions to the duty of care. For instance, a property owner is not obligated to accommodate a trespasser. If a building is a known hazard and the injured party took the risk of entering the premises, they have nobody but their own self to blame for their injuries.
If you have been injured as a result of a property owner’s negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Contact our experienced and knowledgeable firm now to discuss your options and begin to move forward with your case. Remember, time is of the essence as in the state of Pennsylvania you only have 2 years since the start of your injury to file.
If you are awarded compensation, it will more than likely go towards covering medical expenses, past and future loss of wages, and the physical and emotional distress you’ve endured. The liable party’s insurance will be responsible for paying.