It is not that big of an expectation that when Connecticut residents leave their homes they should not have to be in fear of potential dangerous property conditions at the locations they visit. The owners of grocery stores, shopping malls, hotels and all manner of retail and commercial locations have an obligation to ensure that these locations are free from property conditions that could result in harm to the customers and visitors that they seek to have visit the locations to spend their money.
A "slip and fall" case probably makes people think of a relatively simple situation: a person is on someone else's property when they slip on some unseen dangerous condition, fall and suffer injuries as a result. In reality, that isn't too far off. But, these types of cases, which can trigger "premises liability" legal issues, can occur in a wide range of situations.
Many people in Connecticut likely take a very protectionist stance when it comes to their property, especially with real estate. As the saying goes, "A person's home is their castle." But, what duty - if any - does a property owner in Connecticut owe to other people?
Slip and fall accidents are pretty random. After all, most people avoid hazardous property conditions if they notice them in time. The problems arise when victims don't notice a hazard, and then they are injured as a result. These circumstances can give rise to what is known as a premises liability claim. So, how do victims prove these types of claims?
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?