In the United States, a property owner or administrator can be liable for an accident on their property if the accident was caused by their negligence or failure to maintain a safe environment. This is known as premises liability. The specific circumstances in which a property owner or administrator can be held liable will depend on the state’s laws where the property is located. However, in general, a property owner or administrator can be held liable for the following:
Failure to maintain safe conditions: Property owners and administrators have the duty to keep their property reasonably safe. This includes fixing hazards such as uneven flooring, broken handrails, or slippery surfaces.
Failure to warn of hazards: If a risk exists on the property, the property owner or administrator must warn visitors of the hazard. For example, a warning sign should be posted to alert visitors of the potential danger if a floor is wet and slippery.
Inadequate security: Property owners and administrators have the duty to provide adequate security measures to prevent crime and protect visitors from harm. The property owner or administrator may be held liable if a visitor is injured due to inadequate security.
Attractive nuisance: Property owners and administrators can also be held liable for injuries sustained by children drawn to an attractive problem on the property, such as a swimming pool or playground equipment, if the owner fails to take reasonable steps to prevent access to it.
If you have been injured on someone else’s property, seeking medical attention and documenting the incident is essential. Consider consulting an experienced personal injury attorney who can help determine if you have a premises liability case and advise you on your legal options. We are ready to help you!