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Understanding Premises Liability Laws

Last updated 6 years ago

Tripping, slipping, and falling can cause serious injuries that have permanent repercussions. Under the legal concept of premises liability, victims may be able to recover financial compensation for their injuries. Read on and consult a personal injury lawyer to find out more.

What is premises liability?

Premises liability is the legal principle that a property owner may be responsible for accidents or injuries that occur on his property, if he can be found to have acted negligently. Premises liability relies on the idea that a property owner should be aware of hazards on his property and do everything possible to prevent or eliminate them. However, proving negligence may be difficult. If a plaintiff falls because of a slippery spill on the floor that occurred only a few seconds earlier, he may not be able to prove negligence under premises liability because the owner could not realistically have known about or addressed the hazard. However, if the spill had been on the floor for hours and no effort had been made to clean it or to warn pedestrians, there may be a case for a premises liability lawsuit.

What are examples of premises liability?

This type of liability can occur in many forms, including:

  • Slipping on icy sidewalks.
  • Falling on broken staircases in apartment buildings.
  • Tripping because of unsafe conditions in parking lots.
  • Slipping on spills in stores.
  • Tripping in holes in lawns.

Who can sue for premises liability damages?

Not everyone can always file a premises liability claim. In some cases, trespassers may not have the right to sue for premises liability because they were not on the property legally. Licensees, or guests, and invitees, like store customers, can usually sue for injuries they suffer because of premises liability on both public and private property.

Accidents can happen. However, if you’ve been injured because of conditions that a property owner could have prevented, you may have grounds for a premises liability lawsuit. To discuss your case, call (888) 335-7492 to schedule a consultation with the experienced personal injury attorneys at The Carlson Law Firm in Austin.


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