Are Businesses Liable For Injuries That Occur on Their Property?

Posted on 12/09/20

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When property owners fail to provide a safe environment for those who come on to their property, accidents that lead to catastrophic injuries can occur. Premises liability laws exist to protect those who are injured on another’s property. After being injured from an accident on a business’s property, it’s important to consult with an attorney immediately. Regardless of the facts of your case, or any reluctance in pursuing one, businesses are obligated to provide reasonably safe conditions for their customers and licensees. Failing to do so may result in a breach of care, resulting in harm to an individual. Proving negligence takes a thorough understanding of Connecticut’s complex personal injury laws and a proven history of results. To ensure you receive the highest compensation for your injury case, you should contact Attorney James A. Welcome. For nearly two decades, Attorney Welcome has fought on behalf of the injured, securing millions in compensation for their damages. At The Law Offices of James A. Welcome, our team will discuss your injuries, provide insight on what the process could be like, and go over key facts that will help improve your case to ensure you receive the highest compensation possible.

Business owners just like property owners are responsible for the safety and well being of any person that steps on their property. This includes clearing snow from sidewalks, ensuring cracks and potholes are filled, adequate lighting, and proper maintenance of their building. Businesses may fail to assess their property’s safety until after an injury occurs, leaving individuals in harm’s way on a daily basis. Although everyone should exercise caution on any premises, sometimes accidents do occur and it is your right to receive just compensation for your injuries.

A few common issues property owners neglect to address include:

Proper Signage

Businesses often fail to display proper signage that would help caution invitees and customers of hazardous conditions such as slippery or wet floors or other obstacles that could potentially cause an injury. Signage. should be displayed properly and be visible. Failing to adhere to proper signage could result in a breach of care.

Slippery or Wet Floors

Failing to have a routine schedule for cleaning spills or wet floors could result in an injury. Property owners should exercise caution and ensure their property is cleared from debris and that pathways are properly maintained. During the winter months, property owners should clear pathways from snow and apply deicers.

Cracked or Damaged Sidewalks and Pavement

One of the most common reasons as to why slip and fall injuries occur is the fact that property owners neglect to repair damaged sidewalks and pavement. Uneven concrete slabs can create tripping hazards for customers or invitees on your property. If sidewalks or pavement protrudes more than half an inch, this is cause for serious concern and should be repaired immediately. This can also be applied to local community sidewalks that are owned by the town, city, or state. It is your local government’s obligation to also provide safe sidewalks and pavement.

Key factors in proving negligence

Duty of care

Property owners are responsible to abide by proper safety measures to prevent injury to any individual on its property. Failing to do so and causing harm to others will breach their duty of care. Your claim of negligence from the property owner will need to prove that the defendant owed you a duty of care, and the negligent party violated that duty. At which point, the breach of care from the negligent parties resulted in serious economic and physical injuries to you, the plaintiff. The extent to which a property owner might be held liable for your injuries depends in part on what kind of visitor you were. Trespassers have no legitimate reason to be on another’s property, thus courts rarely side with trespassers if a case were to ever go to court. All factors will be considered when analyzing the property owner’s duty of care and whether it was breached.

Breaching Duty of Care

Once proving that an individual or business is responsible for having a duty of care, our attorneys will have to prove that the business failed to adhere to certain safety measures that resulted in the duty of care being breached. There are numerous causative factors as to why a duty of care may have been violated, so it’s important to document and gather as much information as possible to secure reasonable compensation. For example, leaving sidewalks, driveways, or other walkways without regard may be cause for a breach of duty of care. An individual who slips and falls on a sidewalk that failed to have proper lighting, uneven concrete, or was left uncleaned are all specific duties of care that were breached by the at-fault party. Under each circumstance, our Attorneys will outline the best possible path in proving negligence. It’s important to note that just one breach of duty of care constitutes negligence on behalf of the at-fault party.

Property owners should take extra steps in ensuring their property is safe. Key safety features for the property should include adequate lighting, ice and snow is cleared, and that all cracks are filled and repaired. To ensure you don’t face a property injury claim, follow the above tips!

Damages That Resulted From Breaching the Duty of Care

After demonstrating a breach of duty of care from the negligent party, it’s important to outline the corresponding harm that resulted from the breach. This can include a wide range of circumstances that can be factored into your case. If you sustained injuries, you are likely to secure compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and more. Given the financial hardships many often face in the aftermath of a severe accident, we understand the importance of building the strongest case possible.

Decades of Experience Behind You

At the Law Offices of James A. Welcome, we are fully versed in all matters related to personal injury law. To ensure you receive the compensation you deserve, contact an award-winning legal team with decades of experience. Our no-cost consultation offers you the time to ask all your questions and assess our recommendations. We remain committed to ensuring you receive the highest compensation possible for your injury case. Don’t let your case go unheard, contact a New England Super Lawyer today. For 24/7 chat support visit or call (203) 753-7300 for a free injury consultation.