When you are out at a restaurant or shopping, the place of business you are patronizing has the responsibility to take care of its premises so that its patrons are safe. That means if there are certain hazardous areas on the premises, or if conditions are such that injuries could occur, the business owner must rectify those situations to ensure that customers and clients are not injured.
If you suffered an injury while in a place of business such as a shop or restaurant, for example by slipping on a slick floor and having a fall, you should not automatically assume that you are at fault and that there is no legal recourse for you. Premises liability is a type of lawsuit that holds a business owner responsible for negligence that led to an injury on the business property. Learn more information about how premises liability may be a factor in your injury case.
What is premises liability?
Premises liability refers to cases in which property owners fail to maintain safe environments on their property, which then results in the property owner being held liable for any injuries that occur on the property as a result of the unsafe conditions. There are various types of premises liability, but the most common ones are slip-and-fall injuries and dog bites. However, there are other cases that also qualify as premises liability that are lesser-known, such as assaults on the premises or hazardous substances on the property, and even situations in which equipment or merchandise from store shelves falls and hurts someone. Therefore, the definition of premises liability covers a wide range of incidents and as such, it is important not to assume that your particular situation is exempt.
How do I know if I have a case?
Some premises liability cases are quite straightforward in terms of the negligence leading to an injury, while others may be a bit more complex and ambiguous and require more documentation to demonstrate the property owner's liability. The best way to determine whether your particular situation warrants a premises liability lawsuit is to speak with a personal injury attorney who handles these types of cases. An attorney can advise you on your rights under the law as well as guide you towards the most suitable course of action.