Over 40 Years Of Representing Injured Clients
When you visit someone else’s property – whether it be a private residence, land or a business – the owner or manager of that property is legally responsible for your safety in certain ways. Most importantly, it is a property owner’s duty to keep visitors safe from hazards that the property owner knows or should reasonably know about. If you or a loved one is injured due to a property owner’s negligence, you may be able to file a premises liability case against them.
This usually comes about in the form of the property owner either failing to repair, block off or warn about something defective – a hole in the floor, for instance. I am Steve Ryneal, at the firm of Ryneal & Ryneal. I have over 40 years of experience representing injured clients. I will fight for the compensation you need to pay for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other expenses related to your accident.
Common Premises Liability Accidents
A slip and fall is the most common premises liability accident. A slip-and-fall accident occurs when an individual slips, trips, and/or falls and injures themselves due to an obstruction or defect. For example, if a restaurant employee mops and then forgets to put up a sign warning that the floor is wet, a person who slips on the remaining water and suffers a head injury can sue the business. Other examples of slip-and-fall hazards include water leaks, snow, ice, loose flooring or carpeting, uneven surfaces, missing handrails, electrical cords or cables, and uncleaned clutter.
Other hazards that can lead to a premises liability case include:
- Amusement park ride malfunctions
- Improperly maintained elevators
- Poor security (which can lead to assault)
- Toxic fumes or chemicals
- Uncovered swimming pools
- Unrestrained dogs
- Water leaks or flooding
If an unsupervised child falls into an uncovered pool and drowns, for example, the victims or their families may be able to sue the property owner for premises liability. However, they must be able to prove that the property owner’s negligence directly contributed to the accident in some way.