Premises liability laws hold property owners, including homeowners, commercial property owners, and government entities, responsible for the safety of people who enter their property. It is important to understand your rights should you become the victim of an accident while visiting a home, business, or another type of property.
Premises Liability Hazards
There are several types of hazards that can cause harm to guests. Some of these hazards include:
- Slip, trip, and fall hazards such as uneven sidewalks, slippery floors, and loose or lifted carpeting
- Trip hazards such as poor lighting or items left in a walkway that normally are not there
- Items falling from shelves or loft / overhead areas
- Broken stairs, malfunctioning elevators, and loose railings
- Swimming pools
- Security hazards, such as unlocked doors and poor lighting in parking lots
Level of Responsibility
When dealing with premises liability law, injured parties have three classifications: An invitee, licensee, or trespasser. An invitee is someone who has been invited onto the property by the property owner. A licensee is someone who enters a property with permission but for their own purpose, such as entering a store. Finally, a trespasser is someone who has not been invited onto the property.
In general, trespassers are not typically protected under the law when harmed in accidents after entering a property uninvited or illegally. However, there are some exceptions that you should discuss with a premises liability lawyer if you are injured under these circumstances.
Commercial or Residential Property: It Does Not Matter
No matter who you are, if you own property, you must ensure it is reasonably safe for anyone who enters. You must warn invitees of any harmful condition that is not obvious.
If you are a business owner, you have an obligation to make regular and reasonable inspections of the property to ensure there is no danger to people entering the business property.
The safety of a property does not mean just the physical aspect of the property, such as potholes, lifted sidewalks, icy walkways, or unexpected holes in the ground. It also means that toxic substances should not be where they can harm guests. In many cases, it also means keeping your guests safe from third-party criminal acts.
However, premises liability laws have many exceptions. If you suffered injuries on someone else’s property, even a friend’s or relative’s property, contact a premises liability attorney.
Contact Our Premises Liability Attorney in Fishkill, NY
Our dedicated legal advocates at Maurer Law Firm, PLLC, serve clients who have been harmed in accidents while visiting homes and businesses in Fishkill, NY, and the surrounding areas. To find out more about premises liability, schedule a consultation with our law firm by calling 845-896-5295 at your earliest convenience.