Premises Liability Cases

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A restaurant patron slips on a grease spill near the kitchen. A teenager is assaulted in a mall parking lot that has inadequate lighting and security. A representative from a delivery service falls down a stairway with broken handrails.

These are all examples of potential premises liability cases. A legal claim for injuries suffered due to a hazardous condition on public or private properties is called a premises liability lawsuit. These types of cases comprise 25% of non-vehicular personal injury cases.

Thompson Reuters reports that the highest premises liability awards for verdicts in 2006 – 2012 were against owners/operators of industrial properties, followed by government properties, recreational facilities, service establishments, retail stores and residential properties.

Types of Premises Liability Cases

Most premises liability cases result from the following circumstances:

  • Unsafe structures
  • Fires or electrocution
  • Unsafe walkways maintained by cities or towns
  • Poor restaurant and retail store maintenance
  • Amusement park accidents
  • Exposure to poisonous substances
  • Lack of security in public establishments and parking areas
  • Elevator or escalator failures
  • Neglected snow and ice
  • Construction zone accidents

Property Owner Responsibilities

Property owners, tenants and managers have an obligation to make sure that their property is not dangerous to those entering the premises. They are required to comply with the following safety principles:

  • The premises must have adequate lighting, security, guardrails and exits.
  • The construction and design of the building and its grounds must be fundamentally safe.
  • Dangerous conditions must be taken care of quickly.
  • Wet spots must be made safe, and ice and snow must be removed promptly.
  • Safety policies must be in place including regular inspections to ensure that the premises remain safe.

The owner, tenant or manager has legal responsibilities to warn residents, visitors or patrons of any defects or hazards and to take appropriate action to remedy dangerous situations in a timely fashion.

Premises Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents are the most common type of premises liability cases and may result from:

  • Slippery substance on floor
  • Broken sidewalks or pavement defects
  • Failure to remove or treat snow and ice
  • Poor lighting at exits
  • Stairways that are not maintained according to building codes or those that have poor lighting
  • Elevators that do not reach level properly

Seek legal counsel before accepting any kind of settlement from a property owner or operator or insurance company. You run the risk of underestimating the extent of your injuries and how they will affect your future health and well-being and that of your family. Connecticut has a two-year statute of limitations for premises liability claims so it is important to act quickly.

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If you or a loved one has been involved in any premises liability accident, including slip and fall, or any other type of personal injury, it's important to get an attorney experienced in these types of cases involved immediately. Call 800–PERKINS for your initial free consultation. Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, injury attorney in New Haven, can help you determine whether you need a lawyer for an accident or any personal injury case.

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