Premises Liability & Slip and Falls Attorney
A land owner or landlord has a duty to protect people who come onto the property from being hurt by dangerous conditions on the property that they know or should know exists. When the owner or occupier of the property does not keep you safe from such hazards, that person can be held accountable under the theory of premises liability.
Premises liability can include a wide variety of situations and injuries, but perhaps the most common type of injury is the slip-and-fall. Slip-and-fall injuries often occur in stores where there has been a liquid spill that someone could slip on or an area of carpet that is torn or bunched up that causes someone to trip. If the property owner or landlord knew or should have known about the hazard (i.e. the liquid or torn carpet in these examples) and did nothing, then the owner or landlord can be held liable for an injury sustained from the slip-and-fall.
Other examples of premises liability:
Injury due to falling down stairs with a broken stair rail;
Injury due to slipping and falling on unkempt floor in grocery/retail store;
Injury due to stepping or falling into an unmarked hole in the ground (apartment complex);
Injury resulting from being struck by falling merchandise in a store;
Injury resulting from an attack by another person where there was not adequate security and/or adequate lighting, such as in an apartment complex or parking lot.
It is important in a premises liability case to hire an experienced attorney who understands how to gather evidence to support your claim as soon as possible. Proving liability of the owner or landlord of the property for unsafe premises often requires showing that the dangerous condition existed for enough time before your injury that the defendant knew (or should have known) about the condition and should have rectified the problem or put up adequate warning signs around it (e.g. a wet floor sign on a freshly mopped floor in a grocery store). Video footage and witness statements can be hard to track down if too much time passes after your injury before you pursue your claim.