Premises Liability Lawyer Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Premises liability is an area of law that governs the responsibility of landowners to maintain safe conditions on their properties. Landowners must make sure that their properties are safe for guests, customers and trespassers. If landowners fail to maintain safe property conditions, or forewarn trespassers of existing hazardous conditions, they can be held liable for any injuries that are incurred by the entrant while on the landowners' property. Often, premises liability accidents lead to devastating injuries that could have been prevented if the landowner was more cautious.
It is very common for people who are involved in premises liability accidents to sustain severe spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, burn injuries, or head injuries. Injuries such as these are considered "catastrophic" because they are not easy to diagnose, can become worse over time, and demand continual medical attention and observation. Catastrophic injuries often alter the injured person's quality of life. A person who has sustained a catastrophic injury will usually have an array of physical and/or mental complications that will prevent him/her from returning to work or functioning at his/her normal capacity.
Premises Liability Practice Areas
Amusement Park Accidents
Slip and Fall Accidents
Exposure to drunken patrons
Exposure to toxic substances
Criminal acts by third parties
To recover in a premises liability claim, generally the injured person must prove that the landlord or other party in control of the premises was negligent by failing to prevent or repair a dangerous condition that caused the claimant's injury. Such conduct on the part of the owner constitutes a breach of the owner's duty to invitees and can result in liability for their injuries. In determining whether the landowner or possessor of the land in liable under premises liability law, Pennsylvania courts look at the status of the entrant on the land (whether the injured person was a social guest, a customer, a passerby, or a trespasser) and ask whether the property owner's actions were reasonable under the circumstances. Invitees may be entitled to a higher duty of care than trespassers, and can recover damages where the owner's action or omission falls below this legal standard.
Dangerous conditions on the property may take various forms. Thus, for example, owners of vicious dogs known to attack people are considered to be put on notice of the dog's dangerous propensities. The dog owners then have a duty to either keep the dog restrained or enclosed within the property. If the dog gets loose and mauls another person, the owner may be liable for knowingly maintaining a dangerous condition on the premises. This duty of care also applies to landlords who should protect their tenants from unreasonable harm from dangerous conditions. Landlords may be required to fix broken stairs or to fix lighting in unlit or poorly lit common areas that cause the tenants to trip. Stores have a similar responsibility to clean up spills and block wet areas where customers are likely to slip and fall. Slip and fall accidents can result in severe injuries. Negligent owners who leave hazardous objects lying around may also be held liable if such objects cause a person to fall and sustain an injury. Even more serious problems can happen when owners fail to secure their property and a person gets robbed, assaulted or shot. As a victim, you have rights and our attorneys can help.
If you have been injured by a dangerous condition on the property, call the Lassen Law Firm today. Our firm has successfully handled many types of premises liability cases, recovering substantial verdicts and settlements for injured parties in Pennsylvania. We have extensive experience investigating dog bite attacks, slip-and-fall accidents, inadequate security cases and other cases where injuries or deaths are caused by a property owner's negligence. At the Lassen Law Firm, we are dedicated to providing you with the highest quality personal legal representation and helping you achieve the best outcome possible in your case.
Personal Injury Law & Premises Liability
Premises liability provides legal recourse to people who are injured on property. Like other personal injury cases, liability is based on negligence. Negligence is a breach of a legal duty owed to another, resulting in liability for that person's injury. Personal injury law governs monetary compensation for physical, mental, or emotional injuries that have been sustained as a result of negligence. In cases involving premises liability, the landowner is usually regarded as the negligent party, and is therefore susceptible to legal action. When a guest, a customer or trespasser is injured on a landowner's property, he/she may seek monetary damages from the landowner. These damages may cover the person's:
- medical expenses
- lost wages
- lost future wages
- emotional distress
- mental impairment
- physical impairment
- pain and suffering
The premises liability lawyers at the Lassen Law Firm can give you advise as to how to proceed with your case. For example, most businesses today have video surveillance equipment. It is important for anyone who is harmed in a premises liability case to immediately request that the business preserve all video surveillance of the incident. Failure to request such surveillance records may result in the loss or destruction of the video footage, which may be crucial to proving liability. A wealth of other information is available to you when you call the Lassen Law Firm. We are leaders in premises liability law in Pennsylvania. Call The Lassen Law Firm today for your free consultation.
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Authored by: Christian Lassen