What Does Premises Liability Cover?
If you have an accident on a property (public or private), the owner of that property can be held responsible for the injuries you are now dealing with, regardless of whether it happened due to their negligence or not. More often than not, property owners ignore important safety duties at their own legal peril. A landlord or property owner can be held responsible for injuries that occur on the premises of the property, including premises used by tenants and employees that arise from natural and artificial conditions of concern.
Property owners owe a duty not only to people on their premises but also to the general public in certain circumstances. For example, an owner of a retail store owes a duty to the public to remove ice and snow in their parking lot. The same obligation applies to snow and ice on a sidewalk outside the store if accessible from the parking lot.
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Types of New York Premise Liability Cases
Businesses with employees, customers, or visitors likely have a legal responsibility to keep that business safe from hazards. Below are a few examples of premise liability exposure:
- Slip-and-fall accidents are a common occurrence due to water or food spills and just because there is a “wet floor” sign doesn’t mean that takes away the possibility of a winning lawsuit. Slip-and-fall accidents are a very common liability for business owners.
- Adequate maintenance is crucial for safety. A loose railing is the first step down a dangerous path towards legal troubles.
- A business is tied to its security measures. When a higher-risk location has not been adequately fortified, the business will be liable for any harm caused by inappropriate action taken by an intruder –be it theft, malicious destruction of property, assault, etc.
- If a business sells defective products, a products liability lawsuit is not far behind
- In some cases, a business owner can be held liable for an elevator or escalator accident. In those instances, the business owner may have failed to properly maintain or warn individuals about the dangers that could result from using the elevator or escalator.
The Property Owner's Duty of Care
New York requires the property owner to provide visitors with safe premises. However, the statute of limitations can modify this responsibility, depending on the state in which you visit.
- An invitee is a person that is allowed to enter the privately owned property. An invitee may be a guest, a member of an association, a business customer, a contractor, etc. The law provides that the property owner owes an invitee a duty of due care to maintain the premises reasonably safe.
- A licensee is a person the landowner has permitted to enter or use the land for limited purposes. A licensee maybe, perhaps, a salesperson who needs time on your property to present their products.
- A trespass is a crime of intent where a person enters your land without permission. A landowner would typically owe no duty to a trespasser on their property unless the trespasser were a minor. Where there is a known risk of harm to others, the property owner must exercise reasonable care to avoid that harm.
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