Premises Liability

The term “premises liability” refers to a situation where an individual is injured on property, or “premises”, owned or maintained by someone else. The property owner or party responsible for maintaining the property may be held legally responsible, or for a person’s injuries if the injuries were the result of a dangerous condition that existed on the property.

Property owners and businesses have a duty to provide a safe environment for people or customers on their property.  If they fail to do so, and someone is injured as a result, they may be held liable. A premises liability case might arise against owners not only of commercial property, but private residences, vacant lots, and many other types of property.

We aggressively investigate for evidence that the premises owner or business knew or should have known of a dangerous condition. In premises liability cases, it is important to document the hazardous condition as soon as possible. Photographs, video, and proper identification of witnesses are critical to proving liability in these cases.  Immediate photographs of the area showing the spilled substance, foreign object, defective stairs, or other dangerous condition which led to the harm can be critical in a person’s recovery for his/her injuries.  It is also important to preserve all evidence including shoes and clothing (if applicable).

Our attorneys have the resources and experience to handle these claims. Many times we discover a defendant’s internal safety rules and then prove those rules were violated. In many cases it is necessary to hire an expert to inspect the premises and evaluate the liability based upon safety codes or engineering standards. We have worked with many of the leading national and regional experts in their respective fields. Our firm’s attorneys are extremely knowledgeable in the challenging area of premises liability. If you or someone you care about has been injured because of a defect in a premises or a workplace injury, do not hesitate to contact our firm for a free consultation.