What you should know about premises liability

By: Darrell Castle

Premises liability is a case where you’re injury is actually caused by the premises or something about the premises (a building, retail establishment, something of that nature).

Let’s say you’re shopping, and the place where you’re shopping negligently leaves something on the floor, and you step in it, fall down, and injure yourself; or you’re in an establishment that should have security, and you’re injured there and the security was improper – that would be an example of a premises liability.

So it’s those types of things, where the premises itself is actually the cause of the injury.

What Should I Do If I’m Injured by a Premises Liability?

If you’re inside a retail establishment – a grocery store, hardware store, something like that – they might not like you taking pictures, but if you have a cell phone with you it doesn’t matter whether they like it or not.

These places will also want you to fill out a report. You have to report your injury to the store or to whoever owns the premises to make sure there’s a record of it. The first thing you’re going to be asked later is, “Did you report it? Did they know about it?”

They’ll usually just take a report from you and their security people will be contacted, that sort of thing. You have to report it to the management.

How Do I Know If I Have a Case?

If you have a premises liability injury, or at least that’s what you think it is, you should call an attorney who’s experienced in those types of cases.

We deal with a lot of these cases and we’re very used to doing them. So call an attorney and talk to them; it costs you nothing to discuss it and to see if there might be something there that you’re entitled to compensation for.