Most Common Premises Liability Cases

Premises liability cases arise when someone is injured due to the careless or negligent actions of a property owner. This can include residential properties, as well as commercial and government properties. These injuries are not uncommon, and the victims of these incidents are often able to recover compensation, either through a settlement with insurance companies or through personal injury lawsuits.

What are the most common premises injuries?

The list of what types of injuries happen on other people’s properties is extensive, but there are some that happen more often than others.

  1. Slip and fall incidents

Slip and fall incidents are the most common causes of premises liability injuries. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, falls are responsible for more than 8 million ER visits each year in the United States. Slip and fall or trip and fall incidents are often caused by:

  • Spills of food and drinks on the floor
  • Electrical cords and other wires running across the floor
  • Defects in the pavement or other walking surface
  • Carpeting that is loose or torn
  • Inadequate lighting in a pedestrian area
  • No wet floor signs after an area has been mopped
  • And more

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that older Americans are more at risk of major injuries due to a slip and fall incident.

  1. Dog bites or other animal bites

According to the CDC, around 1 in 5 people bitten by a dog require medical attention. There are approximately 90 million dogs living as pets in the US, and they are in nearly half of all households in the country. While most dogs do not bite people, there are still about 4.5 million dog bites each year in the US. Dog owners can be held liable if they fail to properly secure their pets or allow aggressive dogs to be around other people or pets.

Dogs are not the only pets that can lead to premises liability cases. Several other common household pets, such as cats, snakes, lizards, and more can all lead to serious injuries, as can exotic pets such as alligators.

  1. Poorly maintained property

Property owners have a duty to ensure that all areas of their property are regularly inspected and maintained. This will ensure that all hazards to patrons are minimized. Lack of maintenance can lead to injuries from store displays, shelving, uneven pavement or walking surfaces, falling debris, and more.

  1. Pools and hot tubs

Many hotels and resorts have swimming pools and hot tubs. These areas must have a fence and locking gate around them to prevent young children from falling in. There should be proper warning signs place around the pool telling guests about possible hazards. All chemicals must be used properly or guests can become seriously ill.

  1. Fires

All buildings must meet federal and state safety standards. These codes are in place to ensure order and to assist those on the property escape if a fire breaks out.

  1. Escalator and elevator incidents

Escalators and elevators must be regularly inspected and maintained to meet state standards. Failing to properly maintain these can result in serious patron injuries.

These are not the only ways that people get hurt on another person’s property. Other common causes of premises liability injuries include inadequate security, chemicals and toxins, improper construction, and more. Injured victims may be able to hold property owners accountable for their careless or negligent actions.