Understanding the Basics of Premises Liability

by Terry Bryant

Legal terms often sound more complicated than they should. The jargon used by attorneys and officials can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Let’s consider one of the most common types of injury cases – premises liability.

The idea behind premises liability is that a property owner is responsible for keeping their property safe. If a property owner knows that their property is hazardous, fails to fix the problem, and someone is injured because of the problem, then they can be held responsible – or liable – for the injuries that person suffers.

Examples of Premises Liability

Our firm is representing a 13-year-old client who suffered serious injuries while visiting the Gator Motorplex in Willis. Our client was celebrating his birthday and walking with his mother up to a fence outside the racetrack when he was struck by a race car. There were no crowd-control measures and the area was poorly lit, among other problems.

This unfortunate event highlights the burden of responsibility owners and occupiers of a property have toward people that come onto their premises, but there are several other examples. One of the most common forms of premises liability is unsafe walkways, leading to slip-and-fall injuries. If a business fails to fix a slippery floor, broken steps, or cluttered walkways, a person could fall and suffer serious injuries.

Yet another example of premises liability is negligent security. It a business’s responsibility to provide for the safety of patrons. Let’s say that a person is visiting a shopping mall and is assaulted in the parking lot. The cameras that surveil the area are not functioning properly and the security staff has no one on active duty. These security failures contributed to the assault, and the victim might be able to take legal action to seek compensation for their damages.

Why Premises Liability Cases are Important

The consequences of a serious injury can be devastating for the victim and their loved ones. They likely experience a great deal of pain and suffering, which could last for several months, years, or even a lifetime. These traumatic events might also cause emotional distress. The financial impact of an injury can be nearly as devastating. An injury is expensive, requiring medical treatment, ongoing care, and physical rehabilitation. For some victims, an injury means lost time at work, lost income, and the loss of work ability altogether.

When the owner of a property is responsible for those consequences, they should be held liable for the damage they have caused. A premises liability claim ensures that an injury victim doesn’t have to bear the burden of the costs associated with their injury.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to the negligence of a business or property owner, you should explore your legal options. At Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, we investigate our clients’ cases to determine who was at fault and how much they should pay for causing injuries.

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