When property is poorly maintained, either residential or commercial, serious and possibly fatal injuries can be caused. Property owners who do not maintain their premises can be held accountable for the harm that occurs because of their negligence. If you or a loved one suffered an injury on another person’s or company’s property, speak to a premises liability lawyer at Loughlin FitzGerald, P.C. You may be eligible for compensation and can discuss your legal options with one of our team members in a free consultation.
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Types of Premises Liability Cases in New Haven
The accidents that frequently give rise to premises liability cases are described below:
Slip and Fall Accidents
These types of claims are some of the most common. Guests can slip or trip, then fall, when there are dangerous conditions. An accident, for example, can be caused by icy sidewalks, freshly mopped floors, unexpected obstructions in walkways, uneven floors, loose carpeting, and many other hazardous conditions.
Construction Site Accidents
Workers on construction sites are exposed to a number of probable hazards, as is part of the job. However, property owners still owe a duty of care to anyone within the potential danger zone when an accident occurs, including workers and passersby. Examples of potential injury-causing incidents include roofing accidents, falling objects, crane accidents, electric shock injuries, scaffolding injuries, ladder injuries, etc.
People often fall and hurt themselves due to broken and poorly maintained railings and staircases.
These cases most often occur when someone is attacked or assaulted in a poorly lit parking lot at a place of business.
Homeowners have a duty to keep their properties well maintained so that guests are safe when visiting. Examples of injury-causing accidents, of which they may be responsible, include:
Fires (if there aren’t smoked detectors, or if it’s caused by faulty wiring, overloaded outlets, etc.)
Falling trees or limbs
Porch, deck, or balcony collapsing
Slip and falls
Owners are liable for their dogs and any harm they cause to guests who are legally on their property.
Connecticut Premises Liability Laws
The premises liability laws in Connecticut are based on negligence. Even when a victim is partially responsible for an accident occurring, they still have the ability to claim damages. This legal concept is called comparative negligence, and the state operates under a modified version. As long as a victim is less than 50 percent responsible for their injury, they can be awarded compensation. However, in order to be successful in a premises liability claim, the following four elements must be proven:
The property owner owed the victim a duty (to maintain reasonably safe conditions on their property).
The owner failed to fulfill this duty.
Their failure caused the accident which resulted in injury.
The victim suffered financial losses (damages).
When these elements can be established, victims may be able to recover costs associated with current and future medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and more.
Have Your Case Evaluated for Free By Expert New Haven Premises Liability Attorneys
If you have been injured as the result of dangerous conditions on someone else’s property, the premises liability attorneys at Loughlin FitzGerald, P.C. can help you pursue compensation. Schedule a free consultation today by calling (203) 265-2035 or filling out our contact form online.