A premises liability lawsuit can cause a huge amount of problems for property managers, landlords and business owners. The best way to avoid the effects of a premises liability lawsuit is to prevent a premises liability claim from arising at all.
As a property manager, owner, or landlord, you have a high duty of care to protect your residents, guests, or invitees from injury while they are on your property. Whether it is an apartment complex or grocery store, if a dangerous or defective condition causes someone to injure him or herself, you can find yourself involved in a premises liability lawsuit.
Premises liability is not just a way for anyone to recover compensation if they are hurt on your property. In order for a premises liability lawsuit to arise, the condition must be dangerous enough to cause usually careful, reasonable people to injure themselves.
This doesn’t mean that if a person trips on some stairs, they have a possible premises liability lawsuit. It does mean that if a person trips on an unexpected, dangerous, or defective condition that they may be able to file a premises liability claim. Conditions which can cause a premises liability lawsuit can include:
- Slippery Floors
- Cracks in Sidewalks
- Raised Carpet
- Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals
- Animal Attacks
- Unsafe Building Design
- Poor Lighting
- Inadequate Railings
- Broken Glass
- Dangerous Debris
- Defective Equipment
- Uncontrolled/Un-maintained Foliage
- Appliance Cords Left in Aisles
Clearly, a premises liability lawsuit can be filed for any number of reasons, so it is important that as the person responsible for the property, you make every attempt possible to prevent injuries from arising.
One of the best ways to make sure you are not easily exposes to the possibility of a premises liability lawsuit is to hire a professional engineer to evaluate your property and help you determine if there are any areas that pose potential risks.
If you believe that a landlord, property manager, or property owner has allowed you to injure yourself by being negligent and not correcting or preventing a dangerous or defective condition, then you may have a premises liability lawsuit.
Contact the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo, L.L.P. ® for a free initial consultation.