Premises liability refers to the legal responsibility that a property owner and/or the party legally in control of the property has for any accidents or resulting injuries that occur on his property. In many premises liability cases, the property owner’s failure to properly keep up his property creates a risky or dangerous situation that ultimately causes an individual to sustain minor to severe injuries. When such accidents occur, the property owner can be held legally liable for his negligence and can be ordered to pay injured parties compensation for their injuries, medical bills, lost wages and mental anguish.
When it comes to proving liability in a premises liability lawsuit, the plaintiff (i.e., the injured person) will need to establish that:
- There was some type of dangerous condition at the premises.
- The property owner or the party operating the property knew or should have known, if taking reasonable care of the property, of the dangerous condition.
- The property owner or the party operating the property failed to exercise reasonable care in keeping up the property and/or attempting to uncover any potential dangers to those visiting (or working on) the property.
- The dangerous condition directly caused the plaintiff’s injuries.
Types of Premises Liability Cases
Premises liability lawsuits can arise from all different types of accidents, including (but not limited to) accidents caused by:
- Faulty equipment (such as malfunctioning elevators)
- Lack of caution or safety signs
- Lack of fire extinguishers, fire alarms, smoke detectors, fire escapes and other essential safety equipment
- Poor indoor and/or security lighting (For example, poor outside lighting for parking lots could give rise to criminal activities endangering visitors to the property, which could constitute a security violation.)
- Slip, trip and falls
- Spills to the floor
- Unclear walkways (i.e., miscellaneous items being left in walkways)
- Uneven walkways
At the law firm of Hassakis & Hassakis, P.C., our experienced Mount Vernon personal injury lawyers have been providing client-centered representation to our Southern Illinois clients since 1950. Our trusted attorneys focus on our clients’ needs, and we do everything we can to help them get the maximum possible compensation for their injuries so they can focus on recovery and moving on with their life. If you or a loved one has sustained any type of injury on another person’s property, contact us by calling (800)-553-3125 for a free, thorough assessment of your case, along with professional advice regarding the best manner in which to move forward.