Premises liability is an area of law that applies to cases where victims suffer harm on someone else’s property. To put it simply, premises liability requires property owners to make reasonable efforts to provide safe conditions to visitors and guests.
Public businesses and private residences must abide by premises liability laws in order to keep guests free from preventable harm. When they fail to uphold their legal obligations and guests are injured, property owners may be held liable for damages victims suffer.
Although cases will vary depending on a number of factors, premises liability cases are generally based on proving the following legal elements:
- The property owner must have a legal duty to ensure their property is safe. They must be owners of the property where the accident took place and the victims must have been legally invited visitors or guests. Premises liability generally does not apply in cases involving trespassers, although exceptions have been made for young children.
- The property owner failed to uphold their duty of providing safe conditions. Examples of this type of negligence can include wet floors, lack of warning signs, and open holes that create dangerous hazards for visitors.
- Victims – lawfully permitted to be on the property – suffered injuries and damages for which they should be compensated.
Premises liability can involve many different types of situations and accidents, including slip and fall accidents, dog bites, swimming pool accidents, and even third party assaults that occur as a result of negligent or inadequate security. Regardless of the situation, victims who suffer harm because a property owner failed to uphold their legal duties deserve the right to pursue full and fair compensation.
At Shook & Stone, our Las Vegas injury lawyers have helped many victims and families after they’ve suffered harm in preventable accidents, including accidents that took place on others’ properties. If you have questions about proving premises liability and how our team of award-winning attorneys can help you get the compensation you deserve, contact us today for a FREE case review.