Premises Liability

Property owners and those in control of a property, such as business owners, are responsible for maintaining a safe environment for customers and others on their property.  Accidents and injuries, such as slip and fall, assaults, and elevator accidents which occur due to property owner's negligence fall under premises liability.


Common Premise Liability Accidents


Accidents which typically fall under premises liability include:


  • Slip and fall
  • Elevator and escalator accidents
  • Falling merchandise
  • Construction accidents
  • Assaults and attacks
  • Parking lot accidents
  • Amusement park ride injuries
  • Drowning
  • Trampoline accidents


Hazards Leading to Premise Liability Accidents


Premises liability applies to hazards which property and business owners knew about, or should have known about, and failed to correct.  Common hazards leading to premise liability accidents include:


  • Wet floors
  • Inadequately maintained elevators or escalators
  • Construction debris
  • Inadequate warning signs
  • Merchandise stacked unsafely
  • Locked fire exits
  • Faulty wiring
  • Potholes in parking lots
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Inadequate maintenance
  • Inadequate security
  • Abandoned buildings
  • Inadequate fencing to keep children out of dangerous areas (such as swimming pools)


Elevator and Escalator Accidents


Elevator and escalator accidents can cause catastrophic injuries and death.  Elevators and escalators rely on complex systems and parts to function properly and safely, and must be inspected and maintained on a regular basis.  If a problem is discovered they must be shut down until repaired.  Common cause of elevator and escalator accidents include:


  • Inadequate maintenance
  • Pulley system malfunction
  • Electronic eye malfunction
  • Faulty wiring
  • Unsafe design


Most escalator accidents result in serious falls, but they can also involve hands and feet being trapped in the escaltor as it continues to run, causing serious injury.


Elevator accidents can include:


  • Falling down an empty shaft
  • Tripping due to failure to level
  • Becoming trapped inside an elevator car for hours or days
  • Car free falling down the shaft
  • Doors closing on a limb or neck (can cause amputation or decapitation)
  • Becoming trapped between the elevator car and side wall
  • Being ejected due to elevator rising after crossing threshold


At William J. Tinning, P. C., we believe that every case is important, and no case is too small.  If your injuries were caused by negligence on the part of a property or business owner, please call or email us today to schedule your free consultation.


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