According to the CDC Newsroom, “Every second of every day in the United States an older adult falls, making falls the number one cause of injuries and deaths from injury among older Americans.”
The CDC goes on to point out that one in five falls causes serious injuries. This can include broken bones or a head injury. They say that one of the main hazards that the elderly population faces is hazards such as broken or uneven steps, wet floor, uneven pavement, and obstacles in pathways.
At the SMA Law Group, we know that many elderly people face these hazards when they visit everyday establishments like their bank, the grocery store, the courthouse, and even the park. We also know that they are not the only group susceptible to injuries while on other people’s property.
If you or a loved one have suffered an injury on someone else’s property and it was due to the negligence of the property owner or their agents, we are ready to help you recover the compensation you need.
What Is Premises Liability?
Premises liability are personal injury cases brought against property owners who, intentionally or unintentionally, created unsafe conditions for the people who had a right to be there.
There are many different ways in which premises liability cases arise and they can include lawsuits against businesses, government entities, as well as private residence owners.
In each case, the property owner has a duty to guarantee their patrons’ safety to the best of their ability. We commonly see slip and fall accidents cause injuries, but they are not the only premises accidents. If property owners fail to regularly inspect and maintain their properties, then they may not notice things that could pose a hazard. This can include faulty or broken store displays, broken drink glasses or dishes, an unsafe use of chemicals, or lighting that is not working.
Restaurants have to be particularly careful with the way they store and cook foods. Anything that is not maintained or cooked at the proper temperature can cause food poisoning if served to guests. Restaurants are also prone to spills and wet floors, so employees should be prompt in cleaning up when something happens.
Depending on criminal activity around a business area, owners should provide adequate security so that their patrons are safe. This can include a range of things from proper surveillance and locks to providing security guards if needed.
What You Can Do
Premises liability cases can become complex but they are often necessary so that people can recover the money they need to handle their accident-related expenses, which can become tremendous. At the SMA Law Group, we want to help you recover compensation for all of your medical expenses related to the accident, lost income if you have to miss work, punitive damages against the responsible party, as well as pain and suffering damages. When you need a Pittsburgh premises liability attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 412-765-3345.