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Types of Premises Liability Accidents

By Sean Burke on June 27, 2014

A man lying at the bottom of a stairwell after a slip and fall accidentWhen you legally enter onto a property, whether that property is a personal residence or a commercial building, you have every right to expect that you will be safe from unforeseeable harm. Any hazards that are present on the property should be clearly posted on warning signs. When entrants onto a property are injured due to unreasonably and unforeseeably dangerous conditions, the owner and/or manager of the property can be held accountable for any resulting injuries in a court of law.

The accomplished personal injury and wrongful death attorneys of the Law Offices of Sean M. Burke have extensive experience and a history of success in handling slip and fall and other types of premises liability cases. If you or someone you love has been injured on someone else’s property due to unsafe circumstances, our Orange County premises liability attorneys can fight to ensure that you receive every penny to which you are entitled. We handle every type of premises liability case, no matter how complex.

Common Premises Liability Accidents

Premises liability accidents can take numerous forms. The most common types of premises liability accidents that form the basis of claims handled by our attorneys include:

  • Slip and fall accidents: Slip and fall accidents are the most common type of premises liability accident. They can occur due to spilled liquids, slippery floors, the presence of ice or frost, cleaning agents, and many other substances. Our premises liability attorneys must be able to show that there was no attempt on the part of the owner or manager of the premises to provide adequate warning to visitors of the potential for a hazardous slip.
  • Trip and fall accidents: Trip and fall accidents occur when visitors to a property trip over an uneven surface, flaw in the flooring or stairs, or other obstacle in their pathway that cannot easily be seen.
  • Inadequate security: Commercial properties have an obligation to provide adequate security to protect visitors on their premises from potential attacks and other forms of harm. When property owners or managers fail to fulfill this obligation, they may be held liable for muggings, rapes, assaults, or other acts of violence that occur on their properties.
  • Falling merchandise or other objects: Owners of stores and other properties where heavy objects are stacked or placed high upon shelves can be held responsible if one of these objects falls and strikes a visitor.
  • Elevator and escalator accidents: These types of accidents commonly occur in malls and other commercial buildings, especially those that do not regularly inspect and maintain their elevators and escalators.

Other common types of premises liability accidents include:

  • Accidents caused by sinkholes and other holes on a property
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Accidents caused by faulty or damaged stairs or steps
  • Animal attacks
  • Accidents caused by unsafe chemical exposure
  • Accidents caused by fire and smoke

Whatever the cause of your accident, our attorneys must be able to demonstrate that you were owed a duty of care by the owner or manager of the property, and that the owner or manager failed to fulfill this duty by making the property safe or by protecting your safety with clear warnings or by restricting access to the unsafe area.

Learn More about Premises Liability Litigation

To learn more about premises liability litigation, or to arrange for an evaluation of your case, please contact the Law Offices of Sean M. Burke today.

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