Property owners and managers have a responsibility to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition, free from hazards and defects which could result in harm to those who enter the premises. If they have failed to do so, and you have been injured because of their failure, you may have a claim against them.
Types of Premises Liability Claims
- Failure to Limit Access
- Failure to limit access occurs when a hotel or similar establishment fails to prevent unauthorized entry of someone into your hotel room or other private area. This type of negligence can occur when hotel management uses the same key code for multiple rooms, thus allowing someone into an unauthorized location. Other instances of failure to limit access occur when locks and deadbolts are installed, but fail to work properly.
- History of Violence
- Many bars and similar establishments may have a history of violence or repeated problems with assaults on patrons and thus may be held liable for a lack of security on their property.
- Intoxicated Guests
- When a restaurant, bar, or sporting event location allows intoxicated guests to assault other patrons, then they can be held liable for the damages caused. Bartenders and vendors serving alcohol are forbidden from serving further drinks to those who are completely intoxicated because doing so may result in serious bodily harm to themselves or others.
- Failure to Warn
- If a business or property owner fails to give timely warning of dangers associated with their business or property, they may be held liable for injuries sustained by their guests.