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When do you have a premises liability claim?

You probably associate most premises liability cases with slip, trip and fall accidents. These are definitely common and can lead to serious injury. However, they are not the only ways in which you may suffer an injury at a public location.

Knowing additional causes of accidents can help you determine if you have a premises liability claim. For further confirmation that you can seek damages from the responsible establishment, consult a personal injury attorney.

Falling objects

Displays are visually appealing, and stocked merchandise is necessary. However, the improper shelving, storage and presentation of inventory can lead to objects falling onto customers. A heavy item striking you in the head can easily lead to a TBI.

Faulty elevators and escalators

Stairs often receive a lot of blame for accidents, but elevators and escalators can be just as dangerous. It is easy for the mechanisms to catch your clothing or to fail completely, leaving you stuck. Being stuck in an elevator is miserable for anyone, and broken escalators can be problematic for people who cannot climb stairs or walk easily. 

Poor security

When you visit a business, rent an apartment or attend a crowded event, you expect to experience safety. The following poor security measures can lead to harm instead of protection, and criminal activity does not have to occur for these deficiencies to affect you:

  • Insufficient lighting
  • Overgrown shrubbery
  • No security cameras
  • Inadequately trained or not enough security guards

Water accidents

Summertime may have a higher rate of water-related accidents, but the availability of indoor swimming facilities means a year-round risk of accident and injury. Common types include slipping on wet surfaces, nearly drowning and getting hurt from defective safety devices. Furthermore, no lifeguard on duty can be cause for the establishment's accountability.

Even more sources of premises liability cases exist, so if you have received an injury on any premises that are not your own, it is wise to seek the advice of a lawyer.

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