Understanding Premises Liability ClaimsLast updated on: March 9, 2015
Understanding Premises Liability Claims
If you are involved in a case where you’re injured on somebody’s property because of a condition present on the property, as opposed to somebody actively doing something, you probably have a premises liability claim. A lot of people think of these as slip and fall or trip and fall kind of cases, just to give you an example. But they could involve other things where it was a condition of the premises and not an activity going on that caused the injury. So things like deteriorating stairwells or some other deteriorating structure could fall into this category.
In many cases, the owner or occupier of that premises has a duty to correct the deterioration or the defect, or warn you about it. Often, of course, that’s not done. What that owner actually has to do is determined somewhat by why you were on the premises. For example, were you invited there? Or were you a trespasser?
An attorney experienced in premises liability cases can help you evaluate what your status would be under the law on the property, and what duties the premises owner owes to you, and whether or not those were followed.