A Brief Introduction to “Premises Liability”

If you’ve been injured while on someone else’s property, you may be wondering whether or not they are liable for your medical expenses, lost wages, and other potential losses. There are many factors that need to be considered, and learning about premises liability is a great place to start. The concept of premises liability is what the courts will look at when hearing a personal injury case that involves someone’s property.

What is Considered a Premises?

In order to make a case using the concept of premises liability, the event in question must have occurred on someone’s premises. Some common examples of this would include:

  • Residential Buildings – If you’re in someone else’s house and get injured.
  • Commercial Buildings-  If you are in the building of a business or other commercial structure.
  • Parking Lots – Getting injured in the parking lot of a business.
  • Hotels – When you’re staying in a hotel and get injured.

These are just a few of the more common examples of places that typically qualify for premises liability. Just because you are injured while in one of these locations, however, does not necessarily mean you have a strong personal injury case. There are other factors to consider.

What Are Property Owners Responsible For?

One important thing to keep in mind when considering a personal injury lawsuit is that sometimes accidents just happen. It takes more than just getting hurt in order to have a good case. Personal injury suits are only for situations when an injury was caused by either the intentional actions of another person, or their neglect.

When it comes to premises liability, neglect is typically going to be the key factor. This means that the owner of the property neglected to take some action that would have prevented the injury from occurring. For example, if a property owner doesn’t change light bulbs when they die, and someone gets hurt because they couldn’t see in the area, that could be a strong case. The owner of the premises was liable because they neglected to keep their property in safe working order.

Consult with an Experienced Attorney

When you’ve been injured, understanding the concept of premises liability is extremely important. The best way to determine if you have a strong case is to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. Contact The Tyra Law Firm to discuss your case, and see what your legal options may be.

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Written by The Tyra Law Firm

Our firm offers a number of legal services, including Family Law, Estate Planning,Elder Law/Medicaid Planning, and Personal Injury. In each of our practice areas, we are committed to paying close personal attention to every detail, and providing excellent client service.