Landowners and tenants can be held responsible when injuries occur on their
property. They have a duty to inspect their property and are obligated
to make the property safe or warn visitors of any dangerous condition
on their property. They must also take the necessary precautions to protect
people and they must adhere to safety guidelines and procedures in order
to prevent harm or injuries. If negligence on the part of a landowner
or tenant is proven, they can be held at fault for accidents and are responsible
for compensating victims for damages suffered. As with
car accidents and other kinds of
personal injury claims, determining compensation and liability can be difficult if not
impossible without professional legal advice.
Landowners and Liability
Premises liability states that the landowner and the tenant of property,
whether commercial, agricultural, public, or residential, have a duty
to all visitors to maintain the property in a safe condition. They are
responsible for taking the necessary acts to make their property safe
for others. The duty of the landowner and tenant is to inspect the property
to ensure that visitors are not exposed to potential and preventable dangerous
harm. When landowners and tenants fail to do this, injured visitors may
file a premises liability claim due to the unsafe condition.
An unsafe condition may include holes in the ground, uneven walking surfaces,
drops in elevation that are not easily visible, conditions of disrepair,
conditions that violate the building code, or any other dangerous conditions
on or around walking surfaces. It may also include retail goods or equipment
that are not secured safely (and fall on the visitor). Wild and domestic
animals, including those that break off of leashes or break out of yards
or pens and then attack or knock victims down, are also included in premises
liability claims. Each injury situation must be evaluated for the legal
responsibility and duty of the landowner and tenant in order to recover
for the injured victim.
Legal Help for Premises Liability Claims
Liability can vary based on the visitor's conduct and on the laws or
regulations governing a specific type of business or property. It is extremely
important that you consult a qualified lawyer from our firm to investigate
the landowner and tenant, the history of the property, the physical condition
of the property, applicable laws and safety regulations in order to determine
the extent of the danger and the owner or tenant's negligence. Once
your case has been assessed, our firm will work quickly and aggressively
on your behalf.
Contact Spiering, Swartz & Kennedy for the representation you need.