What do you visit someone’s home or a business, you have every right to expect that the property will be safe for you to enter.
In some cases, when a property owner or manager doesn’t take good care of a building or surroundings facilities, innocent people get hurt. The list below includes three scenarios in which an individual may have a claim against the property owner for an incident that occurred near or on their property.
1. You fell because of dangerous conditions inside
Maybe a landlord didn’t install a grab bar on a stairwell and you felt while trying to visit your friend’s apartment on the second floor. Perhaps there is a spill in a store that no one bothered to clean up or mark, so you fell and broke a bone.
When lack of cleanliness or facility maintenance leads to dangerous conditions and you fall, you may have a premises liability claim.
2. The owner didn’t maintain a safe exterior, possibly including their sidewalks
You don’t have to go into someone’s house to get hurt on their property. You could get struck by something falling off of the roof when you knock on their door or crash your bike because they haven’t repaired the uneven sidewalk broken by tree roots.
Dangerous facilities often lead to claims of negligent maintenance. Although North Carolina law often gives municipalities some responsibility for the maintenance of sidewalks, property owners aware of an issue who do not take steps to correct it could be responsible for any injuries that result.
3. A property owner doesn’t adequately restrain their animals
Some people let their dogs roam free even though they know their fence isn’t secure. Other people might even take their pets with them to work if they own their own small retail business. If the situation meets certain requirements, you could have a premises liability claim against the owner because of the animal attack you suffered.
Any situation that involves negligence on the part of a property owner could potentially give rise to a premises liability claim. It may be worth looking into your situation even if it doesn’t fall into one of these three categories.