Walking down the sidewalk, climbing a staircase, and grocery shopping should all be activities that are safe from injury. Unfortunately the negligence of property owners create dangerous conditions where accidents occur. When significant injuries are caused by this negligence, then it could be a case of premises liability. The personal injury attorneys of Mann, Wyatt & Tanksley have years of experience helping victims recover from these terrible injuries.
Premises Liability encompasses almost any type of injury that is directly caused by the negligence of a property owner. These accidents can occur due to a malfunctioning elevator, poorly lit walkways, uneven floor surfaces, faulty stairs, toxic chemical exposure, building code violations, and even falling store merchandise.
“The most common type of premises liability is a ‘slip and fall’ case,” explains attorney Scott Mann. “These can occur when a property owner fails to clean a spill on their floors, or remove snow and ice on their outside walkways. This can result in a person slipping and severely injuring their back, hip, neck, or head.”
Property owners are required by a “duty of care” to protect all visitors (except trespassers) from dangerous conditions. However, there are times when safety standards are not met, and owners fail to warn visitors of conditions that could cause injury.
“In some states, premises liability is based on the status of the visitor, and whether or not they were a customer or social guest,” says Scott Mann, personal injury attorney.
“Other states do not differentiate between an invitee or licensee. Premises liability is instead determined by the actions of the visitor and owner, and the condition of the property itself.”
Proving that premises liability has occurred, however, can be a complicated process. The victim must be able to prove that his or her injury was caused directly by the inaction or action of the property owner. In order to protect yourself, you need the experience of a qualified personal injury attorney. We give every client the personalized care and attention they deserve. Call Mann, Wyatt & Tanksley today so we can start reviewing your case!