Most premises liability injuries happen when someone falls when on someone else’s property. The terms “slip and fall” and “trip and fall” are commonly used to describe the mechanism of injury. Whenever you come into a business or onto someone else’s property, the business owner or property owner is required to make sure you are safe and not subject to any unreasonable harm.
When a customer walks into a store, the customer is what the law calls a “business invitee” or a person who is entering the property for the benefit of the business. The benefit to the business is that you are there to spend your money. You are a business invitee when you go to the grocery store such as QFC or Safeway, and when you go to stores such as Wal-Mart, Home Depot, or any restaurant like McDonalds or Subway. These store owners and franchises make billions of dollars off of you, the customer. In exchange, the premises needs to be safe and maintained in a condition that is free of hazards.
The law requires that a business owner and its employees take measures to prevent you from injuring yourself due to an unsafe condition that the business knows about or should know about. If the business owner or its employees creates the unsafe condition, this is also a basis for liability.
We also see many trip and falls and slip and falls due to faulty construction or maintenance of buildings and parking lots. Governments, including city and county governments, are responsible for making sure the streets and sidewalks are safe for the public. We use the term “risers” to refer to areas of sidewalks that are raised or depressed an inch or more, which creates a trip hazard. Slippery conditions also can be the basis for premises liability in certain circumstances. If you rent, the common areas of your apartment or house must also be maintained by the landlord to prevent injuries to tenants.
More information about the common types of premises liability can be found below:
We represent people who are injured due to a wide variety of conditions on property or inside businesses. Many situations do not fit neatly into a category and we see new and interesting cases almost every day. Call us today if you or a loved one suffers a slip and fall or trip and fall and needs help to fight against the insurance companies who will take advantage of your situation.
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