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Premises Liability

Property owners and those in control of a property, such as business owners, are responsible for maintaining a safe environment for customers and others on their property. Accidents and injuries, such as slip and falls, assaults and elevator accidents that occur due to the property owner’s negligence fall under premises liability.

Common Premise Liability Accidents

Accidents that typically fall under premises liability include:

  • Slip and falls
  • Elevator and escalator accidents
  • Falling merchandise
  • Construction accidents
  • Assaults and attacks
  • Parking lot accidents
  • Amusement park ride injuries
  • Drownings
  • Trampoline accidents

Hazards Leading To Premise Liability Accidents

Premises liability applies to hazards that property and business owners knew about, or should have known about, and failed to correct. Common hazards leading to premise liability accidents include:

  • Wet floors
  • Inadequately maintained elevators or escalators
  • Construction debris
  • Inadequate warning signs
  • Merchandise stacked unsafely
  • Locked fire exits
  • Faulty wiring
  • Potholes in parking lots
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Inadequate maintenance
  • Inadequate security
  • Abandoned buildings
  • Inadequate fencing to keep children out of dangerous areas (such as swimming pools)

Elevator And Escalator Accidents

Elevator and escalator accidents can cause catastrophic injuries and death. Elevators and escalators rely on complex systems and parts to function properly and safely, and must be inspected and maintained on a regular basis. If a problem is discovered, it must be shut down until repaired. The common causes of elevator and escalator accidents include:

  • Inadequate maintenance
  • Pulley system malfunction
  • Electronic eye malfunction
  • Faulty wiring
  • Unsafe design

Most escalator accidents result in serious falls, but they can also involve hands and feet being trapped in the escalator as it continues to run, causing serious injury.

Elevator accidents can include:

  • Falling down an empty shaft
  • Tripping due to failure to level
  • Becoming trapped inside an elevator car for hours or days
  • Car free-falling down the shaft
  • Doors closing on a limb or neck (can cause amputation or decapitation)
  • Becoming trapped between the elevator car and sidewall
  • Being ejected due to elevator rising after crossing threshold

At William J. Tinning, PC, we believe that every case is important, and no case is too small. If your injuries were caused by negligence on the part of a property or business owner, please call 361-306-8343 or email us today to schedule your free consultation.

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