Personal-injury cases in the United States are more common than many people realize. In fact, the number of personal-injury cases increased by 15 percent in 2013 compared to 2012, according to United States Courts.
Many of these cases involved premises liability claims. If you suffer an injury on another person’s property, and that injury was the result of the property owner’s or manager’s negligence, then you may be entitled to compensation for lost income, time off work and other damages related to the accident.
A Monroe personal-injury attorney from Morris Bart, LLC can evaluate your case to determine if you may have grounds for a claim. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a consultation.
Until then, read on to learn five common accidents that may lead to premises liability claims:
- Slips and Falls
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According to the National Floor Safety Institute, falls account for more than 8 million emergency room visits in the United States each year, making this the leading cause of emergency room visits in the country. Slips and falls account for 12 percent of all emergency room visits.
If there is a hazard on a commercial property that could cause a slip and fall, then the owner or manager must take reasonable steps to resolve the problem or warn customers of the issue. Not doing so may constitute negligence.
- Inadequate Maintenance
Commercial property owners must reasonably maintain their premises so customers do not suffer injuries. If property owners fail to maintain their premises, and this leads to an injury, then they may be liable for damages. Common examples of inadequate maintenance include uneven flooring, worn carpets and broken safety railings.
- Escalator and Elevator Accidents
Many large buildings and shopping centers have elevators and escalators. If these do not undergo regular maintenance and inspection, they can cause serious injuries and even death.
Elevators and escalators must meet the requirements of building codes, as well as local laws and regulations. If an injury happens due to a lack of maintenance to an elevator or escalator, or as the result of a regulation infraction, then the victim may have grounds for a premises liability claim.
- Ice and Snow Accidents
Although snow and ice are more common in colder regions of the United States, a particularly cold snap in Louisiana may cause dangerous conditions. If a building owner fails to take reasonable steps to warn customers of snow or ice, then he or she may be liable for any injuries that result.
Building owners must take reasonable precautions to prevent fires. If a fire starts, the premises owner must have appropriate measures in place to assist visitors. Otherwise, any victims or their families may have grounds for a claim against the proprietor.
An accident on someone else’s property can be a traumatic event. If you were injured due to a building owner’s negligence, contact a Monroe personal-injury lawyer from Morris Bart, LLC. Call 800-537-8185 today to schedule a consultation.