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Premises liability: a brief explanation, with examples

On Behalf of O’Malley Tunstall PLLC | Apr 23, 2019 | Premises Liability

If you are injured on someone else’s Raleigh property, you might be entitled to compensation by the property owner. If you are that owner, you should know that you’re responsible for maintaining your property and ensuring safe conditions so that injuries do not happen.

Those are in simple terms, the two sides of many premises liability cases.  

An attorney who spoke to a news source about these often complicated legal matters said, “In premise liability cases, a person is hurt and alleges that their injuries were caused by a property owner’s failure to maintain his or her property in a reasonably safe condition, including warning of any hidden or lurking dangers.”

Simply put, the owner can be held liable in a personal injury case in which a person is hurt due to unsafe conditions on the property. These kinds of cases can involve slips and falls, for instance.

A property owner might have spilled liquids on a floor that makes it dangerously slippery. Or there might be trash or other debris on the property that causes a visitor to trip and sustain an injury.

Other instances of common premises liability can be found in stores. Far too often, a shopper is walking around looking at items on shelves when one of those items falls from its perch and seriously injures the shopper.

In still other cases, owners of a bar, club or store fail to adequately protect customers from security risks such as assaults. These negligent security matters often result in serious injuries to patrons or visitors.

Speak with a knowledgeable attorney experienced in premises liability litigation to learn more about your legal options.