Premises Liability and Slipping and Falling

Premises liability is the branch of law that makes property owners legally responsible for maintaining the safety of their property. If a guest injures him or herself while on another person or party’s property, regardless of their status as an invited guest or trespasser, he or she may be eligible to file a claim against the owner and pursue compensation for any losses.Common CasesPremises liability encompasses all kinds of property, from private residences to businesses that are open to the public. The most common types of premises liability cases involve:• Slipping and tripping hazards–These types of accidents are fairly common in grocery stores or supermarkets. If a customer spills a liquid onto the floor, and it is not cleaned up before another customer comes along and slips on it, the business may be liable for the victim’s injuries.• Tripping and Falling hazards• Exposure to toxic mold or other dangerous substances• Structural collapse• Falling objectsWhile these are accidents that people frequently seek compensation for, the possible causes for a premises liability case are virtually endless.Understanding the LawWhether you own a home or business, or if you are a member of the public, it is important to be aware of the laws surrounding premises liability. In order for a case to be successful, the following conditions must be met:• The property owner knew or should have known that an unreasonable danger existed• The property owner failed to remove the danger or warn you of the danger• You were injured as a direct resultVictims of negligent property owners may pursue compensation for all related medical expenses, lost wages (both past and future), pain and suffering, or the wrongful death of a loved one.For more information regarding slipping and falling, or for assistance filing a legal claim against a negligent property owner, visit the website of the Atlanta premises liability lawyers of Webb, Wade, Taylor & Thompson, LLC.