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Facts About Premises Liability Lawsuits

29th April 2010
By Penelope Stone in Personal Injury
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A person who owns any type of property such as a business, home, apartment building, or even a boat are required by law to maintain that property in a safe manner. If you are injured due the negligence of a property owner then you might have a case for a premises liability lawsuit.

All types of properties are covered. Home and business owners are even required to maintain the sidewalks in front of their property in a safe manner. This may include keeping the sidewalks free of ice or harmful debris.

In order to have a case for a premises liability lawsuit, you must have been injured on the property due to some type of neglect to care for the property. For example, if a rotting tree branch falls on you, you may have a case. The property owner had an obligation to be sure the property was safe and that included removing potentially dangerous tree limbs. On the other hand, if you fall for a reason that is not related to the property owner’s neglect, then you would not have a case.

Premises liability does not cover every type of injury that occurs on the property, only those that could have been prevented if the owner had taken proper care of the property.

Another factor in determining whether or not you have a case for a premises liability lawsuit is how you came to be on the property. If you were there by invitation or do conduct business in a public place then you may have a case. However, if you were trespassing on the property it is far less likely that you will be able to successfully bring a premises liability lawsuit against the owner.

Specifics of premises liability laws vary from state to state. If you think that you might have a case, you should contact a personal injury lawyer who has experience handling premises liability lawsuits.

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