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Questions about premises liability

Premises liability is a broad topic that includes slip-and-fall accidents, escalator and elevator accidents, swimming pool drownings, physical attacks on private property and more. Just like any broad category of personal injury law, however, there are numerous questions that arise when a plaintiff has a potential premises liability claim to be filed.

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Let's take a look at several questions that personal injury lawyers might hear.

If a university student gets attacked on campus, is the university liable?

Entities like schools, shopping centers, office buildings and more can be held liable for their failure to provide adequate security on their premises if an attack occurs on their property.

Who is liable if someone falls on a broken piece of sidewalk?

Municipalities and cities have a legal responsibility to keep sidewalks safe and free of cracks in many cases. However, it's not uncommon for a municipality to have immunity from this kind of litigation. Ultimately, it depends on the state and local laws that apply to the particular area where the sidewalk is located. If the sidewalk is found on private property, then the owner or manager of the property could be liable.

What if I slip and fall at my neighbor's house?

Social hosts may be liable for injuries suffered by their guests. If a social host fails to warn a guest about a potential danger on his or her property, or if the host fails to fix problems on the property that could be dangerous, an injured guest could hold the host financially liable in court.

Were you hurt on someone else's property? You may want to educate yourself on your legal rights to determine if you have a viable premises liability claim.

Source: FindLaw, "Premises Liability FAQ," accessed Jan. 12, 2018

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