Every year in the United States, there are thousands of accidents that occur. In fact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimate that there are 120,859 unintentional injury deaths in the U.S. each year. Many of these deaths or injuries occur on other people's or businesses' property.
If you’ve been injured on someone else’s property, you may be protected under premises liability law. If your injury was the result of someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible to recover compensation for your injury. To discuss your situation with a premises liability attorney at our Bristol, Pennsylvania office, call 215-642-2335. We offer a free one-hour consultation.
What is premises liability law?
In the most basic sense of the law, premises liability holds the property owner liable for injuries that occur on his or her property if that property owner’s negligence caused or contributed to the injury.
For example, a property owner who has not shoveled his sidewalks on a snowy day may be liable if a person slips and falls on the sidewalk and the property owner should have assumed that not shoveling the sidewalks could cause potential harm. In other words, a property owner is responsible for ensuring that his or her property is hazard-free for those who enter it. In a more complex sense, Pennsylvania premises liability law does not always hold the owner immediately liable.
Instead, injury victims are divided into three categories:
- invitees - generally refers to those who enter the property for business purposes;
- licensees - those who have permission to enter the property, including social guests; and
- trespassers - those who are trespassing on the property.
If you’ve been injured on someone else’s property, an attorney can help you determine into which category you fall and what degree of liability the property owner may have in the case.
Types of Premises Liability Incidents
Premises liability incidents can include a wide variety of accidents and may be caused by a variety of factors.
For example, types of premises liability accidents may include:
- slips, trips and falls.
- swimming pool accidents or drowning.
- elevator or escalator accidents.
- and, falling debris.
Premises liability accidents may occur on private property, public property, commercial property, personal residences, and rented property. Premises liability accidents can occur from uneven sidewalks or surfaces, debris around a property, slippery or wet surfaces that haven’t been properly cared for, a lack of a fence or barrier, defective building materials, a lack of a handrail, and more.
Seek Legal Services of Premises Liability Lawyers in Bristol Now
If you’ve been involved in an accident, you deserve to be represented by an attorney familiar in premises liability law. Furthermore, as the statute of limitations is typically two years from the date of the accident, according to Pennsylvania State Statute Title 42 Section 5524, act immediately.
The attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC can:
- help guide you through the process of filing your claim;
- provide you with information about how to prove negligence; and
- give you details about what types of compensation you may be eligible to recover.
If you’re ready to file a premises liability claim, our attorneys in Bristol at Cordisco & Saile LLC are standing by. Call us today at 215-642-2335 to get started.