Understanding Premises Liability and Its Consequences
A premises liability accident is a type of personal injury case where the injury was caused by an unsafe or hazardous feature on a person's property. Property owners have the responsibility of making sure their property is safe and maintained.
Unsafe or dangerous areas need to be sufficiently labeled or made known. For instance, if there is water on the floor in a grocery aisle, that area needs to be blocked off and labeled with a "wet floor" sign until it can be mopped up to prevent slips, trips, and falls.
Many personal injury cases, including premises liability cases, are based on negligence. Negligence means the property owner has failed to take appropriate care of their property. If you are the victim of a premises liability injury, contact an attorney in Naperville, Illinois immediately to begin the pursuit of due compensation for your pain and suffering.
Common Causes of Premises Liability Accidents
Not every premises liability accident is the result of a property owner's negligence. But many injuries are caused by unsafe property conditions. The most common causes of premises liability accidents include:
- Dangerous outdoor conditions such as excessive ice or snow accumulation with negligent or inconsistent use of snow/ice removal services
- Failure to provide and maintain adequate outdoor lighting
- Failure to maintain safe walkways, sidewalks, and parking lots by patching cracks, ditches, trenches, and potholes
- Failure to remove icicles or to provide sufficient signage warning pedestrians of falling materials
- Broken or missing handrails on stairwells, decks, or escalators
- Failure to provide adequate signage on slippery floors
- Using excessive water, wax, or polish on flooring
- Failure to secure edges of rugs and carpeting
- Failure to supervise areas with a high risk of falls
- Failure to provide and maintain nonskid surfaces on steps and stairs
- Failure to keep shelving or items on shelves secure