Businesses and property owners have a responsibility to maintain an environment that is safe for both employees and customers. In the event they fail to do this, they can be held liable for injuries resulting from their carelessness in preventing hazards on their premises. If you have been injured in a store or public place as a result of dangerous conditions, you ought to consult with a competent Connecticut premises liability attorney right away.
You must prove negligence in addition to unsafe conditions
Winning a premises liability case depends upon being able to prove that the property owner acted negligently with regard to ownership or maintenance of their property. In this sense, negligence refers to the property owner failing to use reasonable care as far as their property is concerned.
According to Nolo.com, just because you suffered an injury on someone else’s property does not necessarily mean the property owner can be found negligent. In addition, even if the property was unsafe, that alone may not be enough to consider the property owner negligent. It must be demonstrated that the property owner knew or should have known that their premises were unsafe and that they failed to make an adequate attempt at fixing the conditions. Sometimes this can be a significant burden of proof, other times the conditions make it obvious.
Don’t hesitate to contact an attorney
Even if you think you may be partially responsible for being injured on someone else’s premises, you may still be able to receive compensation for damages in the event that the law places most of the fault upon the property owner. This is why it’s important to not assume that you don’t have a case and to consult with a lawyer to be certain.
In Connecticut, businesses can also be held liable to those who suffer injuries resulting from the normal course of a business’s daily activities. Employees or anyone else who has business to conduct on the premises may have the right to sue the responsible party, seeking damages on top of any worker’s compensation they suffer while working.
Assault-related injuries can be classified as premises liability
Victims of violent crimes are not always just recipients of bad luck. At times, business owners are at fault, and can, therefore, be held liable for muggings, physical attacks, and sexual assaults occurring on their premises. Businesses have a responsibility to keep their customers safe, also known as a duty of care. When they fail to take measures to ensure that safety, such as providing adequate lighting in parking lots or securing doors, they can be held liable. Failures to hire security guards or equip the corners of a building with cameras when the threat of crime exists can be an instance in which the business or store may be held responsible for personal injuries that occur during criminal attacks.
If you’ve suffered a personal injury under circumstances that you suspect may fall under the umbrella of premises liability, you need competent representation to assist with your case. Our lawyers have extensive experience with these cases and will help you determine the necessary next steps to take. Call us today.