UNDERSTANDING PREMISES LIABILITY LAW
Property owners have a responsibility to protect patrons, visitors, and the general public from unreasonably dangerous conditions, such as slippery sidewalks, hidden hazards, and falling objects. The law protects us from these hazards by requiring businesses to be careful when they maintain their property.
When owners fail to take reasonable precautions and their negligence harms others, then they may be liable to pay for victims’ injuries under premises liability law.
Premises liability law applies to all premises owners and managers, including commercial buildings, government property, and privately owned homes and land. If you were injured because of a property owner’s negligence, you may be able to hold them liable through a premises liability claim.
Injuries sustained by victims in premises liability cases are often caused by:
- Uneven walking surfaces
- Spills and leaks that are not cleaned up
- Broken stairs or hand rails
- Exposed wires, nails, screws, or sharp edges
- The failure to salt sidewalks after heavy snow
- Falling objects that were improperly secured
- Dog attacks
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The most common and well-known example of premises liability may be slip and fall accidents, which occur as a result of the proprietor’s failure to clean a spill or slippery surface on the floor. A premises liability case can also be brought against a pet owner who fails to properly control their dog, resulting in serious dog bites to a victim. It is often possible to sue under premises liability laws when a loved one has been injured or killed in a swimming pool accident, such as if the accident could have been prevented by installing proper four-sided fencing with a self-latching gate to keep unattended children out. Similarly, if an assault or rape occurs due to a lack of proper security measures on the property, the owner may be held legally liable to the victim.
These are only a few examples of premises liability, but it is possible to sue in a variety of situations. If you suspect that your accident should have been prevented, contact The Robert Pahlke Law Group to discuss the situation with a Nebraska personal injury lawyer and learn whether you have grounds for a premises liability claim.
You can reach us by phone at 308-633-4444.