Labor Day weekend is one of the most popular times of the year to go to a friend or family member's home and cap off summer with a get together. Many Connecticut residents and Americans everywhere will look forward to these parties. However, many people don't realize that when they go to another person's home, there is a possibility that some type of injury could occur.
Our readers in Connecticut who have seen previous posts here probably remember that when an injury occurs on another person's property the area of law that will come into play is known as "premises liability" law. This is an area of the law that falls under the umbrella of "tort" law. When an injury occurs on a person's property, how the visitor -- the person who was injured -- was categorized under premises liability law will be a major factor in determining whether or not compensation can be sought.
Connecticut residents might not realize how quickly and suddenly a fall can take place and cause severe injuries, even death. Many times, these incidents are the fault of the property owner, who did not address a dangerous property condition, and it led to an accident. Understanding the facts when a person slipped and fell is a foundational aspect of receiving compensation through a legal filing. When a person suffers a slip and fall, it refers to many different factors and is a premises liability claim.
Recently, this blog discussed some of the most common causes of so-called 'slip and fall' accidents on Connecticut properties. Between items left on the floor of businesses to poor lighting or wet or icy surfaces, there is no shortage of things that can cause a fall that lead to an injury. However, the mere fact of a fall occurring does not necessarily mean a property owner will be liable for it. One of the main questions to be answered in such cases is whether the property owner was at fault for the incident.
This blog has talked about the fact that individuals who enter into property owned by another as an invitee or licensee are owed a duty by the property owner regarding the safety of the premises. This means making sure that reasonably foreseeable causes for injury are removed or warned about. When this doesn't happen and a person is hurt on the property, the owner may end up being liable for the injuries. But what commonly might cause this to occur?
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?
We've previously discussed many aspects of premises liability law in the state of Connecticut. Readers may remember that, in many cases, plaintiffs will attempt to recover under a negligence theory when they are injured on someone else's property. Negligence requires a legal duty to the injured person, and we've touched on the various statuses people in Connecticut can have when on another's land, namely, trespasser, licensee, and invitee. While the exact duties a landowner or possessor has to each of these types of individuals will vary, one component of a premises liability case usually remains the same: notice.
There are many aspects to premises liability law in Connecticut. As this blog has discussed, various negligent behavior by owners of property that cause injury to people on that premises may make the landowner financially responsible for the damage that has been done. What kind of duty a land owner has is often dictated by the kind of status the injured party had, either as an invitee, licensee or trespasser. In these types of cases whether the owner of the premises breached his or her duty is an important part of the case.
Many people in Connecticut and throughout the northeast look forward to the December holidays. Part and parcel of that time of year in this part of the country is snow and cold temperatures. This is often accompanied by ice and other conditions that can make even going out to the grocery store dangerous, especially for people at risk for falls, such as the elderly or disabled. At these times, it is important to remember that establishments expecting one's business also have responsibilities.
This blog has previously discussed some of the aspects of negligence claims against landowners in Connecticut. We have touched on the various statuses visitors or tenants can have, such as invitee, licensee and trespasser, and what duty a landlord or other property owner may have with regard to those individuals' safety. However, safety does not only involve the basic slip and fall and the physical condition of the property itself. The actions of other people who are on the property may also affect the safety of people who are present for a lawful reason.