Premises liability is the area of law that governs injuries occurring on someone else’s property. Property owners have an obligation to maintain safe conditions for guests. When they fail to address hazardous conditions in a timely manner, you may be able to file a premises liability lawsuit to recover compensation for any injuries suffered as a result of the property owner’s negligence.
Just about any injury on someone else’s property may give rise to a premises liability lawsuit if the property owner acted negligently. This includes private homes, businesses, public locations and even government buildings. There are also a wide range of hazardous conditions that that can fall under the umbrella of premises liability law.
Slip and Fall Hazards
Slip and fall accidents are the most common type of injuries that occur due to the negligent maintenance of a property. As the name implies, they involve slipping and falling as a result of a dangerous condition on the premises. In many instances, slip and fall accidents lead to serious injuries. In fact, they are the most common cause of emergency room visits in the United States each year.
Common hazards that may result in a slip and fall accident include:
- Damaged or uneven stairs
- Wet floors
- Snowy or icy walkways
- Cracked, crumbling or uneven floors and sidewalks
- Rippled carpet
- Poorly lit or unmarked stairways and walkways
- Obstructions on the floor
Building Code Violation Hazards
All buildings must adhere to codes and standards set forth by the government. When a building code violation exists, it can pose a serious safety hazard to individuals on the property. Many injuries caused by building code violations can be catastrophic in nature.
You may have a valid premises liability case if you suffer an injury due to one of the following common building code violation hazards:
- Faulty wiring and electrical systems
- Collapsed ceilings
- Defective handrails
- Malfunctioning elevators and escalators
- Uneven floors
Negligent Security Hazards
Property owners must do more than make sure the physical structure of the building is safe. They must also take the proper steps to ensure the premises is secure from acts of violence. If you are attacked and suffer an injury as a result of the property owner’s negligent security measures, you may be entitled to recover compensation in a premises liability lawsuit.
Common issues that may constitute negligent security include:
- Inadequate lighting in areas such as parking garages where violent attacks are often more common
- Poorly trained or inadequate number of security staff
- Lack of a security system
- Unmonitored entryways
Other Common Hazards Causing Premises Liability Injuries
Premises liability law extends to just about any hazard that results in an injury on someone else’s property. Some other common hazards that may result in a premises liability lawsuit include:
- Unsupervised swimming pools
- Poorly maintained amusement parks
- Dangerous construction sites
- Failure to fence in a yard containing a dangerous dog
- Unsafely stacked merchandise in stores
Contact our Bridgeport Premises Liability Lawyer
If you’ve suffered an injury due to the negligent maintenance of someone else’s property, Jim Miron can help. Jim has been fighting for the rights of premises liability victims in the Bridgeport area for over 25 years, and he has the experience necessary to hold the negligent property owner accountable for your damages.
Please contact Jim Miron, Attorney at Law using the form on this page or call 203-339-5991 today to schedule a complimentary consultation. We serve clients in Bridgeport, New Haven, Stamford and the surrounding areas of Connecticut.