If you have been injured on a private premises, whether it is a friend’s home or a shopping mall, to make a successful claim for damages you will need to show that the property had dangerous conditions that led to your injuries. This sounds simple, but it can sometimes be challenging to show a clear link between unsafe conditions and the cause of your accident.
You should make sure that you consider whether you are likely to have a viable claim before taking action. You can do this by first understanding how liability is determined when there is an accusation of dangerous conditions.
Showing causation in a premises liability claim
If you have the right to be on a private premises, the owner of the premises has the legal duty to maintain a reasonably safe environment. For example, if you are in a shopping mall, you have the legal right to be there during open hours regardless of whether you have made a purchase. Therefore, owners must ensure that actions are taken to clean up slippery surfaces and maintain an environment free from unreasonable hazards.
If you want to make a legal claim after becoming injured on a premises, you will need to show that a specific dangerous condition actually caused you to injure yourself. By presenting a case that shows you would not have injured yourself and suffered damages if it were not for the dangerous condition, you will likely be successful.
It is important that you understand the intricacies of the law when it comes to premises liability claims. If you are successful, you may be able to gain damages for financial losses and the pain and suffering caused.