Property owners have a responsibility to maintain their property free of hazards

Person has fallen in a hallway by a wet floor sign.

Premises liability claims arise from a property owner’s responsibility for injuries that occur on the property. As a general rule, a property owner is not an insurer of the property. Whether the premises in question is a residential property, commercial property or farm/recreational property all play into what laws apply and what duties are imposed upon the landowner.

Premises liability law imposes different duties upon landowners depending upon the status of the injured person while on the property. The duty owed is different depending on whether the injured person is determined to be an “invitee” (a person who was invited to be there by express or implied invitation) a “licensee” (a person who is on the property for his own personal business only) or a “trespasser” (a person without permission to be on the land).

Premises liability claims are often more complex than they might seem. You need an experienced lawyer helping you if you have been injured as a result of a negligent property owner.

Examples of premises liability cases include:

  • Slippery substances on floors that the property owner knew or should have known about and failed to take corrective action
  • Defective, broken, or missing rails on stairs and balconies
  • Staircases with inadequate lighting or broken steps
  • Failed smoke detectors
  • Criminal conduct on property
  • Animal bites
  • Inadequate fencing or guarding around dangerous conditions such as holes or swimming pools
  • Liquid or ice on steps and walkways
  • Allowing patrons to become intoxicated and operate a car

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At Reyes Browne Reilley Law Firm, the client always comes first. If you or a loved one has experienced similar injuries, please contact our offices at (214) 526-7900, or submit the confidential Case Review form on this page.