We are often asked about cases involving personal injuries on someone else’s property. These types of personal injury cases are called premises liability cases. There is an expectation that when you enter someone else’s property that it is going to be safe. The whole idea behind premises liability is that it holds the owner accountable in the event that they fail to keep their property safe. It also holds them accountable if they fail to warn you of a dangerous condition that they know about, but you aren’t aware of. Here are some examples of premises liability cases we see in our law firm.
Types of Premises Liability Personal Injury Cases
One example of a premises liability case could be going to a grocery store and slipping on a slippery substance. It could be water that came off of a dirty grocery cart buggy from someone ahead of you, or rain leaking from the ceiling. It could be any slippery substance that might cause you to fall and injure yourself. On people’s property, it could be a hole in the ground or the sidewalk, or an obstacle that makes the property unsafe. These are both types of premises liability cases that an injury attorney would take on.
Premises liability personal injury cases are difficult to prove. In fact, many lawyers do not accept premises liability cases. At Emmanuel, Sheppard & Condon, we do accept them, but are particular about the ones we take. That is because you have to prove that there is an open, obvious, and dangerous condition. Sometimes, the more open and obvious the condition is to the property owner, the more open and obvious the condition is someone entering the property. This means you have the responsibility to be careful and watch your step when entering another person’s property. In almost every single premises liability case, there is an issue of comparative fault. Some common questions that people think of when they are injured on another’s property are as follows:
- “Was it my fault?”
- “Should I have seen that the floor was wet?”
- “Should I have seen the hole in the ground?”
- “Was I paying attention?”
There are many aspects to consider with comparative fault. As such, they are difficult cases to prove. What we look for is an open obvious condition. If we can prove that the owner knew about the condition and that they did not take any actions to correct it, then we have what we need for a strong premises liability case.
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If you’ve been injured on someone else’s property, you need the expertise of a personal injury lawyer. Emmanuel, Sheppard, & Condon is a good choice as a personal injury lawyer because we have had years of experience in handling premises liability cases. We have filed many claims against big box stores, big companies, large property owners, and have been successful in obtaining recovery and compensation for our clients that they deserve.