In a perfect world, our daily lives would be safe from accidents and injury. Grocery shopping, walking up staircases, and navigating the sidewalk should all be safe activities. Due to the negligence of property owners, however, hazardous conditions exist that can cause significant injury. When otherwise preventable accidents occur because of this negligence, it might be a case of premises liability. Over the years, the personal injury attorneys of Mann, Wyatt & Tanksley have seen how these careless actions have resulted in life-changing injuries.
Premises liability includes any personal injury suffered on a property that was caused by the negligence of the owner. This can include malfunctioning elevators, defects in stairs or a floor surface, inadequate lighting that leads to a fall or criminal assault, exposure to toxic chemicals, falling store merchandise, and building code violations.
“The most common type of premises liability is a ‘slip and fall’ case,” says Scott Mann, personal injury attorney.
“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.”
A property owner has a “duty of care,” which requires them to provide a safe environment for all visitors except “trespassers.” However, some property owners fail to follow safety standards, or provide warnings for potentially dangerous situations.
“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. “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.”
However, proving premises liability can be difficult. It is the responsibility of the visitor, or customer, to prove that the property owner’s negligence was the direct cause of the accident. This is why you need an experienced personal injury attorney in your corner. Mann, Wyatt & Tanksley has the resources and talent necessary to find you fair compensation. Please call us today so we can review your case!