Premises Liability – Homeowners and Businesses
Nearly 1 million people end up in emergency rooms across the United States each year due to slip-and-fall accidents, as noted by the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI). While falls are very common, if injuries occur as a result of homeowners, property managers, or businesses failing to provide maintenance, repairs or proper warnings, they may be held liable for the victim’s injuries.
It’s important to understand that a home or business owner is not to blame simply because an injury was sustained on their property. As with any personal injury claim, negligence or wrongdoing must be proven. If you or someone you love has been injured at a home or business, and you suspect that the owner, tenant, property manager or landlord was negligent, you need to know your options.
The lawyers at the Harman Law Firm believe that every person deserves the right to justice if they’ve been harmed on someone else’s property. We also understand the complexities involved in personal injury and liability cases. We devote ample time and resources getting to know your circumstance, so that we can help you obtain the best possible outcome. If your case must go to court, you can rest assured—we are fully equipped to argue on your behalf.
Call us today for a free consultation to discuss your potential premises liability claim. Let the Harman Law Firm be your advocate for justice and the right compensation.
Potential Premises Liability Cases
Whether due to poor maintenance or construction, or defective devices, or lack of proper equipment, there are many types of premises liability cases. While proving negligence is essential, the following are examples of potential premises liability cases:
- Slip and fall accidents: A slip and fall accident may result in serious back, neck, and joint injuries, which require medical attention, physical therapy or surgery. Medical attention may be needed long-term.
- Elevators, escalators and automatic doors: Defects in elevators, escalators and automatic doors can cause serious injury. When these devices fail to work properly, it is often due to inadequate inspections, improper maintenance or a product defect.
- Falling objects: When products and other merchandise are not stocked efficiently, or in the right place, they can fall on shoppers and cause injury.
- Swimming pools: In the event that a guest is injured or drowns at a pool on another’s property, the owner may be liable for the victim’s injury or death if there was no supervision or if proper warnings or life-saving equipment was not available.
- Poorly maintained property or grounds: For home or business owners, unsafe or poorly maintained interior or exterior property, including the yard, can cause injury. Broken stairs, weak flooring, unsupported balconies, trees with branches that could fall, poisonous plants and slick or icy surfaces are all examples. In turn, store aisles should be free of debris to prevent slips and falls.
- Dangerous pets: When individuals are injured, whether bitten by a dog or cat, or attacked by another type of pet, owners may be liable for the victim’s injuries.
- Insufficient security measures: If a location doesn’t have proper security measures, putting individuals in harm’s way due to violence or other crimes, the business or property owner may be liable for the victim’s injury or death.
- Insufficient safety measures: Individuals may be seriously injured due to insufficient safety measures, leading them to come in contact with dangerous chemicals or resulting in electrocution.
Without question—it is difficult to prove premises liability, especially when it is unclear as to whether the property posed a legitimate risk to the individual or if the person was simply not paying attention to their surroundings. Yet, one thing is certain—if you have been injured on another’s property and you believe that it is due to negligence, you need to seek legal help.
As seasoned attorneys and courtroom litigators, the team at the Harman Law Firm is fully equipped to assist you with your potential claim. We believe that every person deserves the right to justice if harmed on someone else’s property.
Contact the Harman Law Firm today for a free consultation to discuss your injury.