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What Is Premises Liability?

What Is Premises Liability?

Premises liability claims may be filed against property owners, tenants, landlords, easement holders, and others responsible for maintaining a property. However, just because you suffer an injury on someone else’s property does not mean you will automatically be entitled to compensation. It is important to hire an experienced attorney to analyze your options and guide you through the legal process. Our firm has represented countless clients against negligent property owners. We are dedicated to upholding justice on your behalf.

In order to pursue a premises liability claim, you will need to prove three things:

  1. The property owner knew of a dangerous condition or should have reasonably known of a dangerous condition on the property
  2. The property owner negligently failed to eliminate the dangerous condition or provide adequate warning
  3. The property owner’s negligence directly caused your injuries

Dangerous conditions include wet or slippery floors, loose floorboards, broken handrails, aggressive animals, uneven stairs, torn carpeting, and other hazards that threaten the safety of visitors. Employees who act negligently or cause direct harm to a customer may also be held liable in a premises liability lawsuit. Whether you are visiting your friend’s house or you are shopping at a retail store, you have the right to be protected from dangerous conditions.

Property owners owe a duty of care to invitees (those who enter the property for business purposes) and licensees (those who enter the property for social purposes). However, they do not owe the same duty of care to trespassers (those who have no legal right or permission to enter a property). This means trespassers will not be able to file a premises liability claim unless the property owner intentionally tried to harm them by setting a trap or by acting with gross negligence.

Premises liability claims are often filed for slip and fall accidents. For example, if you slip on a wet floor while walking down the aisle of a grocery store, and there is no warning sign or other indication that the floor is slick, you may file a premises liability lawsuit to seek compensation. Depending on the situation, you may be entitled to a settlement for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. In the state of Texas, the statute of limitations for premises liability lawsuits is 2 years. This means you only have 2 years from the date of your injury to file the claim. If you miss this deadline, your ability to receive compensation may be hindered.

Our Bryan Premises Liability Attorney Is Here to Help

At Brian C. Gutierrez, PLLC, we provide informative and thorough legal services to injured clients. Our firm has guided many clients to successful legal solutions in premises liability claims. We will discuss your options and investigate the situation to help you pursue justice from those responsible.

It is important to contact our Bryan, TX premises liability attorney immediately to start building your case. We will work quickly to guide you through the legal process, and will answer your questions every step of the way.

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