Premises Liability – Fall Down Accidents
Personal Injuries that occur from defective conditions of and on real property are called Premises Liability claims. These legal matters are also commonly called Slip and Fall, Trip and Fall, or Fall Down claims.
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Defective conditions take many different forms, and can result from: improper construction; negligent design; accumulations of ice and/or snow; black ice; wet conditions; improper drainage; slippery conditions; unmaintained conditions; improper repairs; improper designs; improper materials; uneven materials; missing handrails; faulty steps; lack of proper security; violation of construction codes and ordinances; and many other sources.
Defective conditions can exist both outside and inside of buildings.
Landowners, landlords, occupiers of land, and tenants have the legal duty to keep their premises in a reasonably safe condition. The specific duty that they owe to persons on their premises varies according to the purpose of the person on the land. Persons on land can be categorized as invitees, licensees, and trespassers. Each category carries a different obligation for the landowners, landlords, occupiers of land, and tenants. There are special considerations when children are involved as well. Invitees are owed the highest standard of care. An owner or occupier of land may be liable to his or her invitees for any harm he or she should have anticipated, regardless of whether the danger is known or obvious.
Allegations of liability in premises liability claims often include: creating and maintaining a dangerous, hazardous and/or defective condition; failing to warn or otherwise advise those lawfully upon the aforesaid premises of the existence of the condition; failing to place barriers, signs, lights, and/or other warning devices upon or near the condition to alert those lawfully upon the aforesaid premises of its existence; failing to protect, guard against, or otherwise prevent those lawfully upon the aforesaid premises from encountering the condition; failing to repair or remove the condition in a reasonably diligent manner; violation of building and construction codes. Visit our Personal Injury Page to view a more detailed explanation of Liability.
Damages in Premises Liability Claims are often quite significant, and sometimes they are catastrophic injuries. Each case presents its own unique set of facts and circumstances and requires the analysis of our skilled trial counsel. We have obtained seven figure results for our clients in these types of cases. Let us fight for you to maximize your recovery.