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PREMISES LIABILITY

Every day, we place our trust in retail stores, public areas, and other establishments. We trust they will make a reasonable effort to keep us, the customer, safe from harm. Unfortunately, sometimes that trust is violated, and we suffer an injury. Sometimes the injury is the result of unsafe conditions that could have been avoided. At other times, we are injured when the owner knew of an unsafe condition and failed to take the necessary steps to protect us.

When you have been injured on another person’s property, you may have a “premises liability” case. Premises liability is an area of personal injury law that encompasses all types of unsafe conditions on a property, from spilled liquids to stairs or balconies that are in disrepair. Owners of businesses, malls, office buildings, grocery stores and the like are under a legal “duty of care” to ensure that their premises are free of hazards to those that enter their property. When injuries occur due to this lack of care, such as slip and falls, exposure to dangerous conditions, or lack of proper safety precautions, an injured victim can hold the property’s owner responsible.

 

At Michles & Booth, P.A., our lawyers and investigators review surveillance and security camera footage, interview eyewitnesses, and collect evidence from the accident scene in order to expose the negligence on the part of business owners, property managers, contractors and others. Our lawyers represent clients in premises liability cases involving many types of negligence, including:

 

  • Exposure to toxic substances
  • Malfunctioning fire alarms
  • Locked fire exits
  • Lack of security (assault)
  • Overstocked shelves
  • Flooring or stairs in poor condition
  • Exposed electrical wiring
  • Wet or slippery floors

Premises liability cases that do not involve slip and falls may include “attractive nuisances,” where existing hazardous conditions that put people at risk. Attractive nuisances involve property items or conditions that, by their very nature, are likely to attract children or others. An attractive nuisance can be a swimming pool that is not properly secured, construction equipment left unattended, or an abandoned building without security or safety precautions in place. When children or adults injure themselves as a result of an attractive nuisance, property owners can be held liable even if those injured were trespassing at the time.

 

Property owners, businesses, or retailers who fail to provide a safe environment for customers or visitors can also be held liable for injuries that occur as a result of hazardous conditions on their property. Exposed wiring, locked fire exits, broken smoke detectors, broken escalators, or inadequate personal security all create liability for property owners when injuries happen as a result.

 

If you are injured or lose a loved one due to the negligence of a property owner, contact Michles & Booth, P.A. All our consultations are free for victims and family members of premises liability cases such as drowning, slip and fall accidents, and injuries caused by negligent or inadequate security. Don’t let yourself be a victim twice.

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