Have you been injured on someone else's property?
Property managers and supervisors are responsible for maintaining their premises to prevent injury. However, they do not always do so and may be held liable for your injuries.
Premises liability cases include slipping on a wet floor or being hit by a piece of fallen equipment at a grocery store. The employees of the store, their supervisors, and the company that owns the store may all be held liable for your injuries.
Common premises liability defendants include:
- Apartment complexes
- Private property/home owners
- Ranch owners
- Parking structures
Property owner negligence includes:
Railings and balconies: If hand rails, guards, and balconies are not thoroughly inspected or maintained, visitors may lean on this worn-down property and fall.
Negligent security: Cameras and lighting on the property must provide adequate security. Otherwise, visitors to the property could be subjected to danger in dimly-lit areas such as parking garages.
Inefficient maintenance: Accidents are much more likely to happen if property is not maintained, kept in good shape, or held up to standard regulations. This includes keeping trees trimmed that are close to the property, making sure elevators on the premises are fully-functional, and ensuring that all necessary equipment and property repairs are made in a timely manner.
Slip and falls: Flooring is one of the most important aspects of property. If it is uneven, wet, or in any other such hazardous condition, visitors are more likely to slip and fall. Even a seemingly minor slip can lead to dangerous injuries, including broken bones, head trauma, or paralysis.
Construction site accidents: If a property owner is renovating or updating the premises, he/she must take adequate action to ensure that visitors to the property are aware of the construction. Injuries can be prevented by clearly marking which areas of the premises to avoid until construction is complete and thoroughly inspected.
The laws can vary widely when it comes to the liability of a property owner in the above situations. The most important issues in these cases are proving the following: the injury was caused by a defect on the premises, the owner knew about the defect, and the owner failed to correct the issue before your injury occurred. It is important to consult an attorney that has extensive experience with personal injury law to help you navigate the often complex process. An knowledgeable personal injury attorney, like those at Hinojosa Law, PLLC, can help you to effectively establish your case.