Premises liability refers to the responsibility of property owners to provide reasonably safe conditions for visitors, workers, and residents. This means regularly inspecting their buildings, keeping everything to code, and when something is broken, dangerous, or potentially hazardous, pointing that out through signage.
However, patrons and other persons are also responsible for acting prudently, meaning that not all accidents result in valid injury claims — but it is wise to look into your legal rights if an accident does occur.
With premises liability, it comes down to what constitutes as dangerous. Examples include broken stairs, pools without signage stating “No Lifeguard on Duty,” broken glass that has not been replaced, faulty wires, all will make an area dangerous. Once the danger has been identified, it comes down to knowledge, negligence, and liability. If a property owner was unaware of the dangerous condition, then they cannot be held accountable unless they have not followed laws regarding building inspections.
This makes premises liability claims some of the most complicated to pursue. Not only must a plaintiff prove injury, but you must also prove negligence, knowledge, and fault. If you are ever involved in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property, follow these steps to ensure your legal rights are protected:
Of course, you also want to get medical attention immediately. That provides additional documentation for your injury and prevents a defendant from claiming you were hurt by an intervening event.
A premises liability injury case is complex and requires you to prove several points. Fortunately, you can rely on a capable and compassionate attorney at Curcio Law to help you build a compelling case for the compensation you deserve. Consultations are free and you pay no attorney fees until your case is settled or reaches a jury verdict. To schedule an appointment, call us at 703-836-3366 or contact our Alexandria office online.
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