Did you slip and fall while walking near the kitchen of a local restaurant? Maybe some grease was splattered on the ground or there was a problem with the tile.
Did a dog attack you while you went for your morning jog around the block? Maybe a fence was left open and the owner of that house is liable for the damages.
Premise liability is the idea that people who own pieces of property are required to look after people who come onto the premises. If you own a business, it’s assumed that your hallways are clean and your steps are built up to code. If foundation is crumbling or a staircase doesn’t have a bannister you need to get it fixed as soon as possible.
Let’s take a look at how you can tell if someone else was negligent and owes you money for premise liability.
When Animals Attack
Neighbors are typically courteous with their pets, but sometimes people don’t understand that an animal is their responsibility. When you purchase an animal such as a dog, you now have to make sure it doesn’t cause any damage or harm to people around you. If a dog bites you or causes you to fall down and break a bone, your neighbor might have to pay you for those damages. People often push lawsuits like this off, because they feel bad suing a neighbor. It’s important to be upfront and tell them about the financial damage that occurred because of their animal. They’ll typically take responsibility, but if not you need to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Poorly Maintained Structures
A broken down staircase or wall with falling debris is dangerous for everyone who walks by. If you walk into a restaurant or even into your office you have the right to maintain a safe commute. If you are injured because the owner of the property refuses to update the structure you have a strong case. Take pictures of the poorly maintained structure and bring in the evidence to a lawyer.
Paths are Not Always Considered Public
People often think that when they fall on a sidewalk or path they were clumsy and need to pay for medical bills themselves. What they don’t realize is that someone owns those paths, making them liable for your damages. Even if the city owns the sidewalk it’s their responsibility to make sure you stay safe while walking on it. Contact a lawyer before the city puts together a strong legal team to shut down your case.
Now it’s your turn to contribute. Let us know in the comments section how you feel about premise liability. Have you ever walked onto someone else’s property gotten injured? Did you respond with legal action?