October 23, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Each year, thousands of people in the U.S. are injured in slip and fall accidents. Whether it be from broken stairs, slippery sidewalks or uneven flooring, slip, trip and fall accidents
are one of the most common causes of serious injury. Unfortunately, in many cases, those who suffer serious injuries as a result of a fall face significant medical bills. Under some circumstances, however, the owner or the occupant of the property where the accident occurred may be responsible for paying them.
Generally speaking, when people enter a property owned by a business, they are classified by the law as guests, invitees or trespassers. A person is a guest if he has received an invitation to enter the premises for a specific purpose. A person is considered to be an invitee if he can be reasonably be expected to enter the property. A trespasser is someone who enters a property unlawfully. Of course, whether a person is considered to be a guest or an invitee depends on the circumstances and facts of each particular case.
In most cases, customers who enter a business are considered to be invitees by the law. Businesses and property owners owe invitees a duty to take reasonable efforts to ensure that the premises is safe. What this means is that property owners must repair conditions they know to be a hazard - broken stairs, for example - and must make reasonable efforts to find and identify potentially hazardous conditions.
Under some circumstances, potentially hazardous conditions may even include a danger posed by other patrons on the premises. Even though businesses have no general obligation to guard against the conduct of visitors, the basic idea is that property owners are responsible for injuries that occur to others as a result of reasonably foreseeable dangers. For example, if a restaurant knows that its dark parking lot has contributed to muggings in the past and it does not take steps to correct the situation, it may be responsible for injuries suffered in subsequent crimes.
As with other legal matters, when it comes to premises liability claims, the details are important. If you have suffered injury on the property of a business, consider consulting with a personal injury attorney. Depending on the circumstances, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages and medical bills. A personal injury attorney can explain your options and how you take steps to protect your rights.
Article provided by Steven Wingo, Attorney at Law
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