What Is Premises Liability?
If you slipped on an icy sidewalk and injured your back, you might describe it as a slip-and-fall accident. To a lawyer, it is a premises liability case.
At Smith Magram Michaud Colonna, P.C., in Burlington, New Jersey, we represent people who are injured in types of accidents that occur due to the negligence of property owners. No matter how you were injured, contact our lawyers for a free initial consultation.
Holding Property Owners Accountable
Property owners are responsible for keeping their grounds and buildings in a reasonably safe condition for guests. That includes things like repairing broken steps, replacing missing railings, patching cracks in sidewalks, clearing snow and ice in walkways, and cleaning up spills on slippery surfaces. If an unsafe condition can’t be corrected immediately, the property owner should place warnings for guests so they can avoid being injured.
If a property owner is aware of an unsafe condition on the premises, and does not take steps to repair the condition or warn guests, he or she may be liable. The injured person may be entitled to compensation for damages such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
If you were injured on someone else’s property, you may expect the insurance company to pay for your medical care or damages willingly. Unfortunately, many companies and their insurance companies have taken a position of denying all slip-and-fall and other premises liability claims regardless of their merits. It usually takes an attorney’s help to get the compensation you deserve.