Common Scenarios That May Warrant a Premises Liability Claim
There are countless circumstances that could give rise to a premises liability claim. Generally speaking, if you were an invitee (such as a grocery store customer) or an invited licensee (such as a social guest) and you were injured due to the property owner’s negligence, you may have grounds for a claim.
The vast majority of premises liability claims are filed on the basis of negligence, meaning the defendant breached a duty of care owed to the victim. Below are a few examples of negligence that could warrant a premises liability claim:
- Wet Floors: Slip and fall claims are a type of premises liability case. Freshly mopped floors, spilled beverages, and mud tracked into a store by other customers can all lead to a serious slip and fall accident. Property owners and possessors have a duty to ensure their premises are reasonably safe for invitees and to warn them about dangerous conditions. If, for example, you slipped and fell on a wet floor and the staff had constructive or actual knowledge that the floor was wet yet failed to remedy the hazard or to place adequate warning signs, you may have grounds for a claim.
- Negligent Maintenance: Broken or missing handrails, potholes in parking lots, and torn carpets can all cause serious injuries to unsuspecting visitors. If you think negligent property maintenance contributed to your injury, our Fort Pierce premises liability attorneys can try to access maintenance records, surveillance footage, and other evidence of liability.
- Cluttered Aisles: Business establishments have a duty to ensure their aisles are reasonably free of clutter. If a patron trips over a box, trash, or something else and suffers an injury, he or she might have grounds for a premises liability claim.
- Falling Merchandise: You may already know that businesses tend to put the products they want to sell most at eye level, but this isn’t the only factor that should be considered when arranging products on shelves; business staff must also account for the likelihood that a product will fall on a customer and cause injury. If a product is large, heavy, and has an unstable shape, the property owner or possessor may have a duty to place that item on a low shelf to prevent injury.
- Negligent Security: Under some circumstances, a person may have grounds for a premises liability claim if they were a victim of a crime that would have been prevented if the property owner or possessor had implemented reasonable security measures. For example, if you were violently attacked in a parking lot that was dimly lit, you might have grounds for such a claim.
- Lack of Adequate Warning: If there wasn’t a clearly visible warning about the hazard that caused your injury, it’s possible that the property owner or possessor can be held liable for your damages. Our Fort Pierce premises liability lawyers can investigate your case to find out if the lack of adequate warning constituted a breach of the duty of care owed to you.