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What constitutes negligence in premises liability cases?

On Behalf of | Dec 29, 2022 | Premises Liability |

A premises liability case falls under the purview of personal injury and involves an injury that occurs around another person’s home or business. The cause of the damage must fall squarely on the shoulders in some way of the owner.

The crux of any personal injury case is whether the owner’s action or inaction caused the incident that led to the injury. As someone injured, it helps to know how to get this proof.

What does negligence mean?

When a property owner does not rectify a dangerous situation, another may become injured. Negligence means that the owner either knew or should have known that a risky condition existed and failed to fix it or warn the public about it. Turning a blind eye to a possible hazard constitutes negligence.

How does someone prove negligence?

It may seem impossible to show the court that another person was negligent. However, in premises liability cases, the proof may present itself in an obvious manner. For instance, if a person is the victim of a dog bite, neighbors or other witnesses may provide critical testimony supporting the dangerous nature of the animal. In slip and fall cases, grocery store patrons or workers may provide corroboration of conditions.

What are examples of premises liability?

While anything that causes an injury may fall under the premises liability umbrella, some incidents occur more frequently than others. These include:

  • Dog bites
  • Trip or slip and falls
  • Illness
  • Improper maintenance of outdoor space

If unsure about the status of a premises liability case, it may prove prudent to enlist the aid of someone with experience in this sector of the law.