Owners, managers and occupants of retail stores, parking lots, apartment complexes, construction sites, and even homeowners are all responsible for proper maintenance, inspection and repair of dangerous conditions on their property which may cause foreseeable injuries to visitors. The law imposes a duty of reasonable care upon these people who are responsible for the prevention of accidents, such as slips and falls.
More and more merchants operate self-service stores where they know that customers are likely to drop or leave merchandise on floors, creating a serious risk of harm to other customers. Owners and operators of these stores are legally required to regularly inspect and maintain their premises in order to minimize the risk of injury to other shoppers. Failure to do so often results in liability for permitting a hazardous condition to exist.
Inadequate signage or warnings, uneven surfaces, and unguarded holes that result in serious injuries are other examples of dangerous premises for which owners, supervisors and occupants of the property may be liable for injuries which occur.
Owners and occupants of commercial premises are responsible for compliance with building and safety codes to assure the prevention of hazardous defects which may result in injury. These codes impose minimum safety standards with which building owners and managers must comply. While accidents sometimes just happen, if an accident is due to a code violation, negligent maintenance, inspection, repair or warning, the victim of an injury caused by such a hazard is entitled to compensation for any loss of income and medical bills, as well as any permanent or residual pain, discomfort or disability.
Most businesses and homeowners today carry premises liability insurance. If you or a loved one has been injured by a hazardous condition on someone's property, contact The Glassman Law Firm, P.C. for a free consultation by an experienced premises liability attorney who will advise you of your rights.
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