Why do so many people get seriously hurt on another’s property?

On Behalf of | Jan 1, 2024 | Premises Liability |

In the U.S., property owners must maintain a reasonably safe premise for visitors, guests and customers. That duty extends to those who own or are responsible for private residences, commercial establishments and even government facilities.

When they fail in this duty, innocent victims often get hurt, sometimes severely. Premises accidents can occur for several reasons: hazardous conditions, dangerous dogs and inadequate security are three such reasons.

Hazardous conditions

Property in poor condition can pose the risk of injuries to visitors, usually by causing a slip or trip and fall. Examples include:

  • Wet or uneven floors
  • Torn or frayed carpet
  • Broken exterior steps
  • Excessive snow or ice

Contrary to common belief, even a seemingly minor fall could result in severe brain injuries or other trauma.

Negligent security

When property owners do not implement reasonable steps to protect visitors from violence, it is negligent or inadequate security. Examples include:

  • Insufficient lighting, especially in parking lots and stairwells
  • Broken or missing security cameras
  • Damaged doors, windows, gates or locks

The lack of reasonable security can attract those who may be looking for someone to rob or assault under the cover of privacy.

Dog attacks and bites

Dogs — even cherished family pets — can behave unpredictably in certain situations (for example, if they’re afraid) or for no apparent reason. Unfortunately, dog attacks are the cause of many severe and catastrophic injuries, especially among young victims. Animal or property owners must keep their dogs under control and prevent them from biting people when on the premises. If they fail and someone gets hurt, they may be found liable for damages in a personal injury claim.

Seek legal guidance after suffering injuries on another’s property. A successful injury or premises liability claim. This can help to ensure you have the financial resources you need to recover.