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Understanding how premises liability law protects victims


In general, individuals have a reasonable expectation of safety on the premises of others and property owners have a duty to keep their premises safe. In circumstances when a spill is not properly or promptly cleaned up or if hazards are not properly fixed or if property is maintained in poor condition and victims are harmed, a property owner may be responsible to reimburse the victim for their damages.

Examples of dangerous property conditions can include wet floors without warning signs present; hazardous stairs and hand rails; poorly-laid carpet; uneven pavement and sidewalks; and uncovered manholes and unmarked city streets. There are a number of ways in which a property condition may be dangerous or hazardous for victims and property owners who fail to provide warnings of the danger or hazard, or repair it, depending on the circumstances, may be responsible to compensate the victim for damages.

Victims of slip and fall, trip and fall and other types of accidents related to a dangerous property condition should not bear the burden of the physical, financial and emotional damages they are likely to suffer following a slip and fall accident or other type of accident. The property owner or other party liable for the harm the victim has suffered may be responsible for compensating the victim for their injuries. Victims may suffer broken bones, cuts and contusions, neck and head injuries and traumatic brain injuries.

It is important for victims to keep in mind that they may be able to recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages resulting from their injuries. Premises liability law is available to protect victims of slip-and-fall, trip-and-fall or other types of accidents resulting from a dangerous property condition. Oftentimes insurance companies are involved in ensuring victims are properly compensated, however, settlement offers may sometimes be lacking. Because of the serious nature of the injuries and damages that can result in premises liability circumstances, it is important victims are familiar with protections available to them so they can focus on healing, the future and moving forward following a premises liability accident.

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