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The personal injury attorneys of Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney have recovered more than $500 million in verdicts and settlements. Est 1960.

We Help After an Accident or Abuse

We Help After an Accident or Abuse

The personal injury attorneys of Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney have recovered more than $500 million in verdicts and settlements. Est 1960.

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We are open and ready to help…
We have modified our office to help with social distancing. We are able to see clients inside or outside the office, or by video or telephone conference.
Courts are beginning to reopen, and insurance companies are resuming normal business. We are here for you and happy to help with insurance issues, medical bills and everything else.

Over $70 Million

Awards and settlements collected for child victims of sexual abuse across Connecticut involving priests, clergy, teachers, coaches and family members.

$6.2Million

Landmark verdict holding an off-duty police officer responsible for failing to prevent a fatal drunk driving accident.

$6Million

Recovered award for family after proving the medical manufacturer knew about the faulty oxygen machine that killed a patient.

$5.39Million

Won settlement for truck accident victim by taking the case before the superior court after trucking company filed for bankruptcy.

$2.1Million

Largest verdict in Connecticut history involving serious injuries after a motorcycle accident.

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The blog has previously discussed various aspects of premises liability law in the state of Connecticut. We’ve touched on the use of the negligence tort in such cases, and the various elements that generally go into proving negligence, including duty, causation, and damages. We’ve also mentioned the various categories into which people present on someone else’s property may fall, such as invitee, licensee and trespasser. But how far does, say, a business owner’s duty extend, in physical or geographic terms?

For example, is a business owner liable for an injury that occurs in the parking lot in front of his or her store? Or how about a sidewalk that runs past the door? Is it always the duty of the business owner to ensure such areas are safe?

The answer likely depends on whether the business owner also owns the area under discussion, or at least has care and control of it. For example, in many cases, a person who slips and falls on a public sidewalk in front of a business may not have a cause of action against the business owner if the sidewalk is generally maintained by the city or county government (he or she may, of course have a complaint against the government entity if the area was not properly maintained.) If a store owns the parking lot attached to it, however, the owner would have the same duty as inside the store to maintain the property in a reasonably safe condition and to cure any defects he or she knew or should have known existed.

There are obviously more complicated cases in premises liability law, however. For example, what if a business is leasing space in a building? Who is liable then? There may be an issue in such cases about which party is meant to maintain which sections of the property in the commercial lease. These are the types of issues that may be able to be resolved by an experienced Connecticut legal professional.