Under state law, property owners have a responsibility to provide reasonably safe conditions on their premises for visitors, workers, and residents. When they fail to do so and a hazard on the property causes injury, a premises liability claim may arise. If you have been hurt on someone else’s property, contact the Riverside premises liability attorneys of Hanson & Mouri to schedule a free consultation. You may have premises liability claim for compensation.
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What Is Premises Liability?
Premises liability is a legal concept stipulating that those who own or control property must ensure that their premises are reasonably safe and free of potential hazards. Property owners may be held accountable for accidents and injuries occurring on their premises. Like other negligence actions, in a premises liability claim, the plaintiff (injured party) must show that:
The defendant (property owner) had a duty of care to the plaintiff;
The defendant breached that duty; and
The breach of duty caused the injuries the plaintiff suffered.
What Are the Duties of Property Owners?
Property owners, proprietors, or commercial landlords have a duty to exercise reasonable care to keep their premises safe. They must regularly inspect the premises to ensure they are safe for visitors, guests, or tenants. They must exercise the same level of care that a reasonably prudent person would use under the same circumstances. Property owners cannot be held responsible for every accident or injury that occurs on their premises, but they can be held accountable for accidents and injuries directly resulting from their failure to provide reasonably safe conditions.
Establishing Liability In a Premises Liability Claim
To establish liability in a premises liability matter, you must show that the property owner had knowledge of the dangerous condition and failed to remove the hazard; or, in the alternative, that the property owner failed to properly inspect the premises. This can be accomplished by showing that the area where the hazard existed had not been inspected within a reasonable amount of time.
Types of Premises Liability Claims
When premises liability is mentioned, slip and fall accidents often come to mind. However, premises liability covers a broad range of accidents and injuries in addition to slip and falls, including: