Connecticut Premises Liability Lawyers
Property owners and corporate enterprises have a duty to provide their land and buildings in a safe condition. In order to successfully recover for injuries in a premises claim, you must be able to prove that the owner knew or should have known of the existing unsafe condition on the property. The amount of time the defect was in place is significant; but coming to the notice of the property owners depends on the circumstances - different lengths of time are applicable, some extremely short. The only exceptions to this are if the responsible party created the defect, or under the "mode of operation" theory, in which the way the business is being conducted creates the unsafe condition for patrons.
Property Owners' Duty of Care
Property owners in Connecticut owe a duty of care to any person who enters their property, based on that person's status as an invitee, licensee, or trespasser. An invitee is entitled to the highest duty of care. This status includes people who come onto the property for business purposes to the benefit of the property owner, or the mutual benefit of the property owner and the visitor. It also includes those who are invited onto the property socially.
The duty of care the property owner owes an invitee includes:
- Duty to inspect the premises and erect safeguards if necessary to make the premises reasonably safe;
- Liability for defects that ordinarily could be discovered by reasonable inspection; and
- Duty to give proper warning of hazardous conditions.
A licensee is someone who is allowed to be on the premises because the property owner consents to it, either by invitation or permission, and to whom the property owner owes a lesser duty of care. A trespasser is a person on the property without permission who is entitled to the lowest duty of care from the property owner.
Common Types of Premises Liability Claims
Defective premises or premises liability claims arise when negligent property owners allow hazardous conditions to exist that cause injury to people who come onto the property. For example, unstable stacked merchandise on a high shelf in a store that falls on and injures a customer, may give rise to a claim. Common types of premises liability claims include:
- Slip and fall accidents: It may be funny when a cartoon character slips and falls on a banana peel, but in real life, this type of accident can cause serious injuries, including traumatic brain injury and fractured bones. Wet or slippery floors and icy walks are common causes of slip and fall accidents.
- Negligent security: When property owners fail to provide adequate security, people can get hurt. Unfortunately, this is not an uncommon occurrence today. A person who is attacked, robbed, or assaulted because a property owner was negligent in providing security may have a claim to recover damages.
Why File a Defective Premises Claim?
If you have been hurt in a slip and fall or other defective premises accident, you may need medical treatment and may even require time away from work. As someone else's negligence caused your injuries, that party should compensate you for your losses. If you were injured in the home of someone you know socially, your compensation will not come out of that person's pocket - the homeowner's insurance carrier will cover it.
There has been bad press and stigma associated with slip and fall accidents in particular. The truth is that this type of accident can cause very serious injuries and extensive medical treatment. If you were injured by a negligent driver in a car accident, that driver's insurance company would cover your losses. The same should hold true for premises liability claims.
Board Certified Legal Representation in Defective Premise Liability Claims
We find that many of our clients who have suffered life-altering injuries have done so as a result of a slip and fall or "trip and fall" on dangerous premises. We have had clients suffer from traumatic brain injuries to the loss of the function of a limb. We investigate and secure statements from witnesses early on to ensure the accuracy of the circumstances surrounding the injury. Our most recent success for a premises liability client resulted in a 4.4 million dollar verdict after trial which resulted in 4.7 million dollars' worth of compensation for our client. Our client was denied any compensation for his injuries or reimbursement for his medical expenses until we intervened on his behalf.
What We Do
Our Connecticut personal injury lawyers advocate for you and hope to educate the public in the process about simple changes which can prevent further harm and loss. Please call us at (866) 284-3578 and let us mount an investigation to ensure your fair treatment for your defective premises injury. Even if you're not from Connecticut, we can handle cases from other states when injury was done during a visit or traveling through. We may get your medical expenses covered and help you navigate the court system for a fair settlement or recovery for your losses.
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For over 20 years, John has exclusively represented people (not insurance companies).
John has received the America’s Top 100 Attorneys Lifetime Achievement Award.
Since the year 2000, John has been a Board Certified Civil Lawyer.
John is a graduate and senior instructor at the Trial Lawyers College.
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