Premises Liability Lawyers in Burleson
Holding Property Owners Accountable in Johnson County
Were you injured while on someone else's property? By law, property owners are required to maintain a safe environment for guests, meaning they must maintain upkeep and eliminate any and all potential hazards. If someone is injured on a land owner's property, the owner could be held liable for any damages. If you were injured on someone else's property, speak with a Burleson premises liability attorney from Coontz Cochran as soon as possible.
Premises Liability Hazards
As a property owner there are certain things that must be maintained and looked after on the property to keep the premises safe and hazard-free.
The most common danger risks include:
- Insufficient security
- Poor lighting
- Uneven ground/pavement
- Slippery surfaces
- Falling objects
- Dangerous animals
- Concealed holes
- Open excavations
- Sharp objects
- Dangerous machinery
- Swimming pool drowning
- Hazardous materials
Are You Entitled to Make a Negligence Claim?
Your reason for being on the property will have an impact on your claim, because whether or not you were there with permission affects the duty of care a property owner has to you.
From highest duty of care to lowest, you may be categorized as a(n):
- Invitee: someone invited to enter the property, such as a shopper in a store
- Licensee : someone who visits the property for non-business purposes, such as a guest at a person's home
- Trespasser: illegal entrant who knows the risks and potential dangers of entering premises; property owners may still be liable if they knew you were on the property
Proving Negligence in Premises Liability Cases
The tricky part with premises liability cases, is proving negligence on the part of the property owner.
In order to recover compensation, you must be able to show the following:
- The property owner is responsible for the land where your injury was sustained
- You were invited onto the property or you were a licensee
- The owner was negligent or committed a wrongful act
If the property owner was aware of the hazard and did nothing to remove it or did not put up the proper signage to warn visitors, then there is definite proof of negligence. If you would like to learn more about proving property owner negligence, consult with a Burleson premises liability attorney at Coontz Cochran today.
Call (888) 858-0536 today.