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What Is Premises Liability?

Are you wondering “what is premises liability?” You are not alone. This law is often referred to as slip and fall liability; however, it is more complex than slip and fall accidents. Learn the details of it below so you can understand what to do if you are ever injured on the property of another person.

The Basics

Under the doctrine of premises liability, anyone who is in possession of land has the responsibility to ensure that it is safe for anyone who enters the premises. If owners fail to maintain a safe premises, they may be held legally liable for specific injuries and accidents that are suffered by people while on the property.

Possession of the Premises

When an accident does occur and someone is injured, it is sometimes difficult to determine who is in possession of the premises. This can make things difficult for the injured victim, especially if he or she is trying to seek damages for the injuries sustained. The following guidelines can help injury victims better understand who “possesses” the property:

Duty of the Possessor

It is the duty of the possessor to eliminate dangerous conditions on the property that may cause harm to anyone who enters the premises. The premises should be kept free of reasonably foreseeable risks that could cause injuries to invitees, licensees and even trespassers in certain situations. If a condition poses a potential risk, a possessor should, at a minimum, post warning signs alerting anyone who enters the property of the risk. When possessors fail to do this, they are acting negligently and may be held legally liable for their negligence.

Compensation to Victims

What is premises liability? It’s any injury that occurs on the property of another that could have been prevented if the property owner had not acted negligently. Many people have found themselves a victim of premises liability. If you are one of them, you may be able to receive just compensation with the help of an experienced personal injury attorney. Call 303-447-1144 now to schedule your FREE consultation with a qualified Boulder premises liability attorney at Sloat & Nicholson, P.C.

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