Premises liability is a fancy way of describing a landowner's responsibility for injuries that happen because of an unsafe or defective condition on their property. Simply injuring yourself on someone's property is not enough to successfully make a claim.
Premises liability law holds a landowner legally responsible for an injury if they knew or should have known about the unsafe or defective condition. Our attorney at Fayan Law, P.C., can help you determine if you have a viable claim and discuss your legal options.
Who Has The Legal Duty?
In Rhode Island and Massachusetts, a landowner, person or business that controls property has a legal duty to use reasonable care to ensure the safety of people expected to be on the property. This includes fixing defective and unsafe conditions and warning visitors of known dangerous conditions.
Slip-and-fall cases are the most common type of premises liability cases. These cases usually involve slipping or tripping at a grocery store, gas station, restaurant or convenience store. There are other types of premises liability cases as well, including dog bites and defective lighting and equipment.
Was It Negligence?
For example, you are shopping for your kid's birthday party and slip on something – let's say, salad dressing – in the aisle and injure your ankle. You may have a claim against the owner of the grocery store, though not every slip-and-fall injury results in legal liability.
Successful claims depend on many things, including how long the salad dressing was on the floor. The longer the dressing remained on the floor without being cleaned up, the stronger the claim. All premises liability claims – like most personal injury claims – depend on the specific facts of the case.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a premises liability incident, our lawyer at Fayan Law, P.C., can help you deal with insurance companies and their attorneys and claims adjusters. Reach out to us online or call us at 401-335-0785.