Locations that are open to the public must provide reasonably safe conditions for visitors. When a dangerous condition leads to an injury accident, the property owner may be held liable for the damages. Injured victims in such cases would be well-advised to seek the counsel of an experienced personal injury lawyer to examine their legal rights and options.Causes of Premises Liability Injuries
There are several hazardous conditions on private property, which may result in a serious injury.
- Broken Stairs: Staircases are one of the most common locations for a slip-and-fall accident. When a step is broken, it is the property owner’s legal obligation to quickly repair the step or to post warnings about the hazardous condition.
- Slippery Conditions: It is reasonable for premises to be slippery if the floors have recently been cleaned. It is unacceptable to fail to notify visitors of the slippery conditions. When signs are not posted and visitors are not made aware of unsafe conditions, a serious accident may occur.
- Poorly Maintained Elevators: Elevators that lose elevation unexpectedly may lead to a serious injury. Additionally, when an elevator fails to evenly stop at a floor, the unexpected gap between the floor and the elevator doorway may cause visitors to trip and fall.
- Criminal Activity: When a property has a history of dangerous activity, the premises owner may be held liable for the injuries suffered during a criminal activity. For example, when a property manager has been made aware of crimes being committed but they fail to add security or rectify the situation, they may be held liable for future incidents on property.
There are many additional circumstances that can lead to an injury accident. If you or a loved one has been harmed by an unsafe property, it may be in your best interest to discuss your legal options with a premises liability attorney.What is a Premises Liability Claim Worth?
Every claim is different. Each injury, for example, has a different financial value. Injuries that are particularly painful or long lasting will result in a larger settlement then a smaller, less-severe injury. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of physical therapy and other damages.Proving a Premises Liability Claim
Not all accidents that occur on a property result in successful premises liability cases. In fact, the property owner must be found negligent in order to be held liable for an accident. A skilled personal injury attorney will carefully review the site of the incident and the history of the location to show a history of unsafe conditions.
The Miami personal injury attorneys at the law offices of Ruth E. Johnson have a long history of protecting the rights of injury victims in premises liability cases. If you or a loved one has been harmed on someone’s property, please call us to discuss your legal options. We will fight for your rights and ensure that you receive fair and full compensation for all injuries, damages and losses.