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The basics of premises liability claims

Premises liability is an area of the law that protects parties who enter the property of another from harm. There is a reasonable expectation of the safety when someone enters onto another's property and it is protected through premises liability laws. Premises liability laws allow injured victims to bring a claim for their physical, financial and emotional harm through a persona injury claim for damages.

Victims injured in a slip-and-fall accident, or otherwise injured on another party's property, may have a personal injury legal claim for damages including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages. Damages are unique to the circumstances of each situation but generally ensure victims are put back in as close a position as they were prior to the accident as they are in following it.

A negligent property owner may be responsible to compensate the injured victim for the harm suffered. A claim for damages will evaluate the nature of the victim's presence and activity on the property and the nature of the property. In general, property owners have a duty to keep their property free of dangers and take reasonable steps to do so or to warn of possibly dangerous property conditions. If the property owner has failed to ensure the safety of those on their property, they may be liable to compensate them for damages. In addition, liability may be apportioned according to fault for the accident which can impact the amount of damages the victim receives.

Because there can be complexities associated with a premises liability claim, and the injuries can be serious, trained guidance through the process can be helpful. Understanding the valuable resource of a personal injury claim for damages in premises liability situation and settings is a valuable tool for injured victims and their families in many instances.

Source: Injury.findlaw.com, "Premises Liability: Who Is Responsible?" Accessed March 29, 2018

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