What does premises liability mean in my personal injury case?

Premises liability is a legal theory of liability that holds businesses and property owners responsible when someone is injured on their properties. Like other personal injury cases, it's based on negligence on the part of the property or business owner by allowing an unsafe or hazardous condition to exist.

If you were injured due to a property or business owner’s negligence, you may be able to hold the owner responsible for compensation.

Types of Premises Liability Claims

To have a claim for compensation under premises liability law, it's not enough that you had an accident on another person's property. You must show that a dangerous or unsafe condition existed; and that the owner knew or should have known about the condition, but failed to correct the problem or place warning signs about the danger.

Premises liability claims can arise out of a variety of negligent actions of business and property owners. Some types of cases include:

  • Slip and fall accidents—the most common claim
  • Inadequate maintenance
  • Negligent security claims
  • Elevator and escalator accidents
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Amusement park and other recreational facility accidents
  • Exposure to toxic substances
  • Fires
  • Dog bites

Compensation You Could Be Entitled to in a Premises Liability Case

After an incident, you could suffer long-term health issues, such as traumatic brain, back, and spinal injuries, fractures, and internal organ damage. These injuries can require months of medical treatments.

During this time, you may not be able to work. If your injury is serious enough, you may become permanently disabled. If you prove that a property or business owner’s negligence caused your injuries, you're entitled to be fully compensated for your losses.

Your compensation may cover the following damages:

  • Medical expe‚Äčnses. You're entitled to be reimbursed for the cost of your past and future medical treatments, including hospitalization, surgery, doctor visits, physical and vocational therapy, prescription drugs, counseling, and more.
  • Lost wages. This includes the wages you lost and will lose while recovering from your injuries. It also factors in vacation and sick time, bonuses, commissions, and other benefits of your position. If you must make a job change or are no longer able to work, you could receive future earning capacity damages.
  • Pain and suffering. You're also entitled to be compensated for the pain, suffering, and emotional trauma you suffered due to your accident and your injuries. An experienced premises liability attorney can help value this portion of your claim, which could be substantial.
  • Wrongful death. If a loved one died as a result of a premises liability accident, you may be entitled to compensation for his or her lost support, advice, companionship, and more.
  • Punitive damages. In rare cases where the business or property owner’s actions were grossly negligent, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the owner.

Were you or a loved one injured in a slip and fall or other premises liability accident? Fill out our online form today to schedule a free consultation to learn how our experienced premises liability attorneys can help fight to hold the negligent parties accountable for compensating for your injuries.

Pellegrino Certa
Pittsburgh Personal Injury and Car Accident Attorney