One of the most misunderstood terms used by personal injury lawyers is “premises liability.” Although people think it is interchangeable with slip and fall accidents, premises liability is actually the broader category that includes slip, trip and falls. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, slip and falls account for over 1 million visits to the emergency room each year, so it is understandable that people are most familiar with that type of accident.
Premises liability is the area of law that requires property owners and occupiers to provide a safe environment for guests, visitors and customers. If the owner or tenant breaches this legal responsibility, he or she may be held responsible, or liable, for accidents and injuries that occur on the property.
What Accidents Fall Under Premises Liability?
California courts have ruled that property owners and occupiers must maintain the property in their possession and/or control in a reasonably safe condition. As with all personal injury accidents, premises liability cases are based on negligence. In order to prove an owner or tenant was negligent in their duty to maintain the property in a safe condition, a personal injury attorney must show that:
- a dangerous condition existed on the property;
- the owner knew, or should have known, about the dangerous condition; and,
- the owner failed to correct the condition.
The types of cases covered under premises liability include:
- Negligent security
- Slips and falls
- Dog bites
- Improper commercial displays
- Construction site accidents
- Fires and explosions
- Exposure to hazardous materials
- Failure to post adequate warnings
What is Negligent Security?
Property and business owners are not typically liable for crimes committed on their property, but California courts have held they do have a duty to take reasonable measures to deter or prevent crimes on their property. This standard requires businesses and owners to weigh the “foreseeability of the risk of harm balanced against the extent of the burden of eliminating or mitigating that risk.”
Reasonable security measures a property or business owner may take to prevent crimes on their property include installing adequate lighting, security cameras and locks, and hiring security guards.
The most common places where claims of negligent security arise include:
- Shopping malls
- Parking lots and parking garages
- Office buildings
- Apartment buildings
Victims who have been harmed because a property owner or tenant failed to take reasonable measures to provide a safe environment may be entitled to receive compensation for damages. Premises liability is a complex area of law. Anyone who is injured due to an unsafe or defective condition on someone’s property should consult with a premises liability lawyer who can hold the owners and/or occupiers of that property responsible for damages incurred.
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