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