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5 Common Types of Premises Liability Cases

When people leave the comfort of their homes, they do not typically expect to get hurt. Unfortunately, when property owners are negligent, it can result in injuries. We have created a list of the five most frequent premises liability claims to watch out for.

What is Premises Liability?

Premises liability is a legal principle that ensures property owners are responsible for accidents and injuries that occur on their property. These claims often happen after a period of negligence by the property owner.

Most Common Premises Liability Claims

Slip and Fall Accidents

From wet or icy floors to an obstructed pathway, falls are the most common premises liability injury. Slips, trips, and falls account for more than 8 million hospital visits annually. Injuries can vary from minor bruises to traumatic brain injuries. Hiring a personal injury attorney for these accidents is crucial since slip and fall cases are very complex.

Dog Bites

According to the AVMA, more than 4.5 million people are bitten by a dog each year, and over 800,000 people bitten by dogs require medical attention. Dog behaviors are unpredictable, and encountering a dangerous or vicious dog could result in catastrophic injuries. Learn more about what to do if attacked by a dog.

Swimming Pool Accidents

While swimming is an enjoyable activity for many, accidents can happen. Nearly 4,000 fatal and over 8,000 nonfatal drownings occur each year. If a drowning or other serious accident happens on someone else’s property, the pool owner could become liable for not taking proper precautions.

Poor Maintenance

Property owners who are negligent with maintaining their property can create accidents waiting to happen. Any potential building hazard is considered maintenance that needs to be correctly taken care of. The most common occurrence of poor maintenance in commercial buildings includes escalators and elevators.

Elder Abuse

Assisted living and nursing homes are supposed to be safe places for the elderly. Unfortunately, approximately 1 in 6 people aged 60+ experience abuse. These premises liability cases can be complicated. The recently created Esther’s Law allows for safer living conditions for the elderly in nursing homes and the ability to have a fair case.

If you suffered a severe injury on someone’s property because of the owner’s negligence, contact us today. Call Elk + Elk at 1-800-ELK-OHIO or contact us online.