If you get hurt on someone else’s property, and your injuries resulted from unsafe conditions, you may have a premises liability case. Premises liability is the legal responsibility that property owners and tenants have to maintain a safe environment for others. But first you have to prove negligence—that is, that the property owner or tenant knew or should have known of the unsafe conditions, and failed to take proper action to fix the problem.
Premises liability cases include things like slip and falls, broken staircases, dog bites, swimming pool accidents, and inadequate building security. These accidents can happen indoors or outdoors. When they befall a visitor to a leased apartment or commercial building, generally the tenant—not the landlord—is considered the responsible party.
Different states follow different rules to determine when liability is appropriate. In some cases, it makes a difference whether the injured person was a trespasser, a social guest (or “licensee”), or a customer (an “invitee”). In many states, the amount of money an injured person may recover in a premises liability case may be limited if he or she is found partly responsible for what happened if they didn’t use reasonable care and judgment to stay safe.
With so many factors at play, what may at first seem like a simple case of negligence may turn out to be very complicated. That’s why you should seek advice and guidance from an experienced premises liability lawyer. Call The Cochran Firm Mid-South for a free consultation about your cases at 901-523-1222. We can help you determine whether your case is worth pursuing.