The owner of a house or property has an obligation to keep their property safe and hazard-free. If a property owner fails to fulfill this obligation and a visitor or tenant on the property is injured as a result, the property owner may be held liable for the injury in a court of law. If you have been hurt on someone else’s property, you must prove several things in order to win your premises liability case against the property owner.
First, you must show that the property owner knew, or reasonably should have known about a safety hazard or dangerous condition on his property. In other words, you must show that the property owner had a duty to fix, repair, or warn about a potential danger.
Next, you need to show evidence that, even though the owner knew about a safety hazard on his property, he failed to take the appropriate action, whether it be to repair an old staircase, remove exposed asbestos, or warn about a possible tripping hazard. This is known as breach of duty.
Finally, you must show a direct causal link between the safety hazard and your injury. This is not as easy as it may sound in some cases. You have to demonstrate that the owner’s breach of duty was the direct cause of your injury; otherwise, the owner cannot be held liable.
Premises liability injuries can occur in several ways, including slip/trip and fall accidents, attacks by an aggressive pet, and exposure to harmful substances.
If you have been injured on another person’s property, they may be responsible for your injuries. To learn more, contact a Racine premises liability lawyer from Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, today at 262-554-6200.