Every year, many people are hurt while in someone else’s home or place of business. People may be injured on a flight of stairs, on a patch of ice or snow, or by a defect in the building. Or, you may be injured by an employee of the property owner or by someone else on the property. The law provides that property owners must keep their premises reasonably safe for people who are on the property lawfully, that is when you are an invited to the property or when you are given permission to be on the property. In some situations, such as those involving businesses that encourage the public to come in, the law may say that the property owner has the duty to inspect its premises, and to discover dangerous conditions.
One of the most common premises liability situations occurs when a member of the public is injured by a defect on a public sidewalk or roadway. For example, many accidents occur when traffic lights or signs malfunction, are obscured, or are not present at all. Another example is where a local government entity is performing roadwork involving an excavation or obstruction of the roadway, and someone is injured due to the change in the road’s surface or traffic flow. Finally, a very common situation is where someone is injured when he/she trips and falls due to a defect in a public sidewalk. In these cases, it would seem clear that the governmental unit responsible for maintaining the road or walkways should be held legally responsible to the injured party.
Jordan Guydon has an impressive track record of maximizing compensation for clients injured while on property of others. In our experience of litigating premises liability cases for more than twenty-five years, we have obtained successful results by proving that the landlord or property owner could have or should have employed other reasonable measures to prevent your injury on their property.