Law Suit For Property Injury
In the United States, you will find close to 120 million residential housing units and more than 5 million commercial properties. The role of owner of a property comes with responsibilities, including a requirement that a property owner act toward others and members of the public with the attention, caution and discretion that a reasonable person in similar circumstances would use. If a premises is not safe, the property or structure could cause unintentional harm or injury to other people; it is possible a property may be held liable by the court if the property harms or injures a visitor to the residential or commercial property.
No matter the size or type of property, it could be considered a dangerous property. Additionally, a property that is prone to a hazardous waste spill may be considered a dangerous property.
People who have been hurt as due to a dangerous structure often contact a personal injury attorney specializing in dangerous structures for legal advice regarding the situation. Review the following sections to better understand the basic information of what encompasses a dangerous structure case, then contact one of the dangerous structure attorneys on our team.
Most properties and structures are not dangerous immediately upon the completion of construction, lack of maintenance can result in a structure that becomes dangerous over time. Whether the property is residential or commercial, expectation does fall on the property owner to perform maintenance so that it is safe.
In the commercial property sphere, a business is expected to provide conditions that are safe for employees and customers, and OSHA is responsible for ensuring safety at work for all employees.
The law varies between states, but it is generally accepted that the property owner is solely responsible for making sure a property is safe. The “duty of care” that the property owner must uphold is dependent on who will visit his or her property. For example, a person who is invited to visit a property, whether it is a commercial property or a private residence, is owed the greatest duty of care, as this guest is being asked to put himself or herself in situation that might be dangerous without any knowledge of the risk. The law is particularly protective of children, no matter how they know the property owner.