Premises Liability

What is Premises Liability?

Property owners have a legal obligation to people on their property. They must protect them from an unreasonable risk for harm or injury. When an injury occurs, the injured individual may be able to file a premises liability claim. Premises liability law governs those personal injures that occur while lawfully on another's property. When a visitor to a home or place of business is injured as the result of an unsafe condition on the land due to the owner's negligence or failure to warn of danger, the owner may be responsible.

Whether you may recover for the injury depends in part on the nature of the visit and whether the owner was aware of the dangerous condition.

Premises liability can occur anywhere. Common situations involve:

  • Slip and fall cases
  • Injuries from defective stairways, ramps and railings
  • Amusement park negligence
  • Concert venue incidents
  • Elevator accidents
  • Fire and burn injuries
  • Swimming pool drownings
Premises liability accidents can result in catastrophic injury, including traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury. If you or someone you love has been injured while on unsafe property, we'd like to help. Though every case is different, the injured person may obtain damages for:
  • Medical costs
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Lost wages (including future wages)
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of love and affection, society care and comfort
For more information, please see our FAQs regarding Premises Liability or contact Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens and one of our attorneys can review your case free of charge and determine which types of damages you may be eligible to recover.


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