According to the National Floor Safety Institute, slips, trips, and falls account for more than one million visits to the emergency room each year. These accidents are also the leading cause of premises liability claims. In fact, slip and fall accidents account for more than 55 percent of all premises liability claims.
Other common types of premises liability accidents include dog bites, swimming pool accidents, and fires. To help prevent these accidents, property owners need to take reasonable steps to maintain their premises in a safe condition.
Slip and Falls
A slip and fall accident can happen anywhere, at any time. Whether you're walking across a polished floor or climbing up a ladder, a sudden loss of footing can lead to a serious fall. And while falls are often associated with broken bones or head injuries, they can also cause internal bleeding, organ damage, and spinal cord injuries.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a fall, it's important to seek medical attention immediately. Even if the fall doesn't seem serious, hidden injuries can be difficult to detect and may worsen over time.
Lack of Security
Lack of security is one of the most common premises liability claims. When a business invites customers or guests onto their property, they have a duty to take reasonable steps to ensure their safety. This includes maintaining reasonably secure premises. If a business fails to do so and someone is injured as a result, the business may be held liable.
There are a variety of ways in which a business can fail to provide adequate security, such as failing to install proper lighting or failing to provide security guards. If you have been injured due to lack of security, you may have grounds for a premises liability claim.
In a premises liability case, the maintenance of the property is an important factor to consider. If the property owner or manager did not properly maintain the property, they may be held liable for any injuries that occur on the premises.
For example, if there is a slip and fall accident and it is later discovered that the floor was not properly cleaned or that there was a hazardous condition that was not repaired, the property owner may be held liable for the injuries sustained in the accident.
It is important to note that even if the property owner was not aware of the hazard, they can still be held liable if it can be proven that they should have known about the hazard and took no steps to repair it.