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Establishing premises liability

Slip, and falls contribute to a staggering amount of hospital visits and chronic injuries. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, slip and falls create over 1 million hospital visits annually.

If you injured yourself on someone else’s premises, you might have a premises liability case. See below to learn more about proving liability and how you can protect yourself from unfair medical bills.

Legal visitors

Businesses and homeowners have a specific legal obligation to their visitors. Visitors fall under the category of invitee or licensee. Invitees are anyone who might bring financial gain to the business owner. Some examples might be shoppers at a grocery store or attendees at a concert. Licensees are people who enter premises with the permission of the owner. This includes house guests or delivery workers.

Duty of care

Visitors cover a broad range of people, and property owners have a duty of care to all of them. If you enter a property with dangerous conditions, if the owner or supervisor was aware of the hazard, they violated their duty of care. Business owners and occupiers must exercise a reasonable effort to fix or establish sufficient warning of dangerous conditions. They also cannot cause or contribute to your injury through an intentional, reckless or wrongful act. Ignorance of a hazardous condition is also not a sufficient defense if the hazard existed for a significant time.

Proving premises liability relies on the property owner or supervisor’s failure to act appropriately. Every time you enter someone’s premises legally, the owner has a duty to your safety.