Premises liability is the area of personal injury law that makes property owners (and, in some cases, tenants) legally responsible for injuries caused by dangerous conditions on their properties. Not all dangerous conditions will create liability; and, under law, property owners actually owe different duties to different people (for example, trespassers receive less protection than invited guests). However, many common issues can support claims for liability, and we encourage anyone who has been injured on public or private property in Palm Beach County to their legal rights.
Common Causes of Premises-Related Injuries
Generally speaking, the following are all examples of premises-related accidents that can result in financial liability for property owners and tenants:
1. Slip-and-Fall Accidents
Slip-and-fall accidents include those resulting from wet and slippery sidewalks and parking lots, spills in supermarkets and convenience stores, and recently-cleaned commercial floors.
2. Trip-and-Fall Accidents
Trip-and-fall accidents include those resulting from broken sidewalks, cracked pavement, torn carpeting, and other hazardous walking surfaces.
3. Falls from Heights
Falls from height include accidents involving stairwells, loose and missing railings, and falls on construction sites.
4. Being Struck by an Object
Falling and flying objects that can cause serious injuries include tools, debris, and products on store shelves. Closing garage doors, rotating doors, and other moving items can easily cause serious injuries as well.
5. Swimming Pool Accidents
Swimming pools are the sites of far too many tragic accidents every year. Pools and decks should be kept clean, and swimming children should be monitored at all times.
6. Dog Bites
Dog bite cases fall under the umbrella of premises liability, and Florida’s dog bite law is favorable to individuals who have suffered injuries in vicious dog attacks.
7. Elevator and Escalator Accidents
Malfunctioning elevators and escalators and those that have not been properly maintained can cause serious, disfiguring, and even life-threatening injuries.
Electrocutions are among the leading causes of death on construction sites, and faulty and exposed wiring in all types of buildings can present extreme risks for customers and guests.
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Common Locations of Premises-Related Accidents
Accidents occurring in both indoor and outdoor locations can support claims for premises liability. Likewise, incidents on private, public, and businesses premises are all routinely asserted as grounds for seeking financial compensation. While accidents can happen anywhere, some of the most common locations where we see serious premises-related accidents include:
- Construction Sites
- Entertainment and Sports Venues
- Government Buildings
- Private Residences
- Professional Offices
- Retail Businesses
- Warehouses, Factories, and Other Workplaces
Regardless of how and where you were injured, it is important that you not make any assumptions your rights until you speak with an experienced attorney. An accident that seems like it was your fault could, in fact, have been caused by a hidden danger, and you could be entitled to compensation even if it turns out that you were partially to blame.
Discuss Your Premises Liability Claim in Confidence
For more information seeking financial compensation after an accident on someone else’s property, Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers. We have four convenient office locations in Palm Beach County, and we do not charge any fees unless we win. To speak with me, Brian D. Guralnick, personally your case, call 561-202-6673 now.
Disclaimer: The information in this blog is not intended, and must not be taken, as legal advice on any particular set of facts or circumstances. If you need advice on specific legal issues, please consult with a licensed Personal Injury attorney.