Premises Liability / Inadequate Security
Premises Liability / Inadequate Security
Premises liability laws vary from state to state. Generally, these laws seek to help those who have been seriously injured or killed on another’s property as a result of the property owner’s negligence. In the event you may have a premises liability case, you need to consult experienced, personal injury lawyers to advise you and handle your case. Residents of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, residents can trust the law offices of Sheridan & Murray to provide superior representation in all premises liability claims.
Premises liability laws ensure that property owners are responsible for injuries suffered by persons on the premises under certain circumstances. Some premises liability cases may seem simple and straightforward, but the laws themselves can be difficult to interpret. To help, we have provided some basic information about premises liability below. If you think you have a case, we advise you to contact our personal injury lawyers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania right away.
Premises Liability Laws and Lawsuits – Know Your Rights
If you have been injured on someone else’s property because the premises were hazardous, or because the owner failed to warn you of a hazardous condition, you may be entitled to compensation. You should not have to suffer for someone else’s negligence.
Common Premises Liability Claims:
- Inadequate security
- Slip and fall accidents
- Trip and fall
- Dog bites / Animal attacks
- Toxic / chemical exposure
- Gas fires and explosions
- Poorly maintained equipment / structures
- Dangerous roadways
- Unsafe industrial / work sites
Proving Your Premises Liability Case
Generally, in order to have a successful outcome in your premises liability case, there are four points that must be proven by your attorney:
- The defendant must have a duty to prevent the plaintiff from being injured.
- The defendant must have failed in that duty to the plaintiff.
- That failure of duty must be the cause of the injury to the plaintiff.
- The plaintiff must have an injury (whether physical, economic, or emotional).
Determining Possession of the Premises
Who “owns” the property?
In the context of premises liability law, a person “possesses” the premises if he or she occupies, has occupied, or is entitled to immediately occupy the property with intent to control the land (if no other individual is in occupation of the land at the time in question).
Sidewalks and Public Roads
Premises owners are normally charged with keeping public sidewalks in front of their premises clear, as well as maintaining their property so it does not pose a danger to members of the public passing by their premises on a sidewalk. Most roadways are owned and maintained by the state, county or municipality in which they are located. The entity responsible for the roadway is required by law to ensure that the roadways are properly designed and maintained. The experienced lawyers at Sheridan & Murray have proven results in different cases involving dangerous roads. Please visit our verdicts and settlements page for further information about these premises liability cases.
Delegation of Duties
A premises owner is typically not allowed to transfer responsibility for their property by delegating the duties of maintaining their property to third parties. If the defendant is in possession of the property at the time of the incident, the defendant cannot escape legal responsibility because he or she contracted out with a company or individual to provide property maintenance. For example, a company is still responsible if a person slips on ice on their sidewalk, even though the company hired a third party to clear the ice.
Contact Us to Speak to an Experienced Philadelphia Injury Lawyer
Hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer can make a crucial difference in the outcome of your premises liability claim. At Sheridan & Murray, we know New Jersey and Pennsylvania laws and we will evaluate your claim up front at no cost. Should your lawsuit enter settlement negotiations or trial litigation, our attorneys will work diligently to get you the compensation you deserve. Depending on the unique circumstances of your case, you may be reimbursed for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages caused by your injury. Don’t wait until it’s too late.
If you have been injured due to the negligence of a property owner, one of highly qualified attorneys today to speak with our experienced Philadelphia-based personal injury lawyers. There is no commitment and our legal review is free. Your case will be evaluated immediately, so get started on your claim today.