Premises Liability

Premises Liability Law refers to the set of laws that make an owner or possessor of land or premises responsible for certain injuries suffered by persons who are present on the premises. This means they are liable for certain torts (wrong-doings) that take place on an immovable property. The owner’s liability extends to more than just the physical building or surrounding area, but also to those public sidewalks in front of the property used for access.

There are many types of premises liability injuries, ranging from minor injuries to wrongful death.

Relatively Minor Injuries

Bruises, scrapes, lacerations, and broken bones will not likely cause irreparable or long-term damage, but they can be legitimate grounds for a premised liability case.

Catastrophic Injuries

Slip or Trip and Fall accidents, gas explosions, amusement park accidents, animal attacks, and other catastrophes can leave victims permanently disabled or disfigured. This forever changes their lives as well as their families. Catastrophic injuries cause severe damage physically, emotionally, and often require intensive, ongoing medical treatment.

Common types of catastrophic injuries include:

  • Change to Brain Injury. This is an injury to the skull and of brain because of impact.
  • Change to Spinal cord injury. This is damage to the spinal cord with full or partial paralysis.
  • Burn injury. This is when first, second, or third-degree burns are the result of exposure to heat, flame, corrosive chemicals, radiation, or electricity.

Wrongful Death

Persons who survive the wrongful death of a loved one caused by a premises liability accident can pursue compensation for their losses, pain, and suffering.

Premises Liability injuries can occur because of hazards such as:

  • Weather Conditions ( ice, snow, rain, etc..)
  • Uneven sidewalks
  • Potholes
  • Poorly lit or unmarked pathways or stairs
  • Slippery tiling
  • Unbalanced flooring
  • Rippled carpet
  • Obstructions on the floor or walkway

Call James Ackerman as soon as possible after your injury, since when the time limit begins depends on several factors. It may start on the date the injury occurred, or it may begin when the victim discovers the injury.