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Understanding the ins and outs of premises liability

If you endure an accident or an injury, you may be able to hold the owners and occupiers of the property where the incident happened accountable in court. The reasoning behind this is that the individual to whom a house or a business belongs is responsible for ensuring that it is safe for people who come in contact with it. Premises liability is common at locations like amusement parks, grocery stores, parking lots, playgrounds and hotels. It includes injuries ranging from slipping and falling on a sidewalk to getting hurt while riding a rollercoaster.

There are several different types of premises liability:

Owner of a business - Someone who leases a space must maintain clear aisles and keep items from being stored in a way that could cause people to become hurt.

Owner of a home - These individuals have the duty to make their homes hazard-free for people who visit by limiting the risk of dangers such as falling debris, slippery floors or faulty railings.

Owner of land - Private land like ski resorts, lakes and country clubs must be kept safe and used for the intended purpose.

Owner of a store - It's important to make sure that the building is structurally sound and that fixtures like doors, windows and escalators don't cause injuries.

In order to recover damages, the injured individual has a set amount of time to file a claim. Also, in some cases the judge will determine that an incident was the result of a person's carelessness and not the fault of anyone else, in which case there will be limited or no recovery.

If you or someone you love has suffered a premises liability injury, it's a good idea to partner with an experienced New Hampshire personal injury attorney. These professionals can ensure that you have the best chance of recovering any damages you're entitled to.

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