Under certain conditions, courts can hold property owners liable for accidents that occur on the owners’ property. This is an area of law known as premises liability. Slip and fall accidents are one such area of premises liability. These accidents commonly occur during inclement weather and in nursing homes and commercial businesses.
Another area of premises liability involves landowners and their duties to keep property safe for their tenants. A Florida university student won a landmark case several years ago in this area of law when she sued her apartment complex and owners after she was carjacked and shot in the head three times. She miraculously survived and won her lawsuit against the apartment complex for $15.7 million. The jury found the complex liable for failing to take acts despite hundreds of police calls about crime in the neighborhood, poor lighting in the complex, and the fact that the complex cancelled security in order to save money. If a property owner’s negligence has resulted in injury to you, a Washington, D.C., Maryland, or Virginia personal injury attorney can discuss your case with you and inform you of your rights.
Premises liability can depend on who is the property owner and how you came upon the property. Property owners are those who fall under one of the following three categories:
For people on the property, there are three main categories that will determine what your rights under the law are:
Several examples of cases where premises liability claims may arise include:
If you have suffered an injury on another’s property, contact a Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyer at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, L.L.P. to learn how you can obtain compensation and ensure that it does not happen to anyone else.