Van Dyke Law, LLC’s Connecticut and Massachusetts premises liability lawyer has handled numerous wrongful death matters and injury claims involving accidents that take place on another property owner’s premises.
A property owner has a duty to protect any person who steps foot on their property, regardless of their intent. If any hidden hazards exist on their property, they must take great pains and effort to alert any would-be guests and even trespassers of these dangers, especially if the dangers have the potential to cause serious bodily injury. If you have been injured on someone’s property, they may be liable to you for any injuries you received.
Premises Liability in Connecticut
A property owner has a duty to inspect their property for any dangers or defects which may exist around the property. If a latent defect is easily discoverable through inspection, then the property owner must make this defect known to all visitors of the property. Latent defects include things such as a “bad” step on stairs or a spill in a grocery store which was not cleaned up.
Connecticut is especially susceptible to property dangers which occur as a result of snow or ice. Business properties such as grocery stores, hotels, and other commercial establishments have a duty to protect their customers from slipping on ice or from falling ice. Property owners must make sure that their property is kept clear of snow and ice.
While many businesses are in buildings which are leased out, the business owner is often liable for any dangers on the property rather than the property owner. Connecticut property law states that a leasee can be treated like an owner and therefore the leasee is in complete control of what occurs on the property, including any dangerous conditions.
While many premises liability cases involve a business establishment, injuries can also occur at private properties. Children are especially liable to receive serious injuries at private residences due to dangerous conditions such as a covered up well which is not labeled or a swimming pool which does not have a fence. In many of these cases, a private residence owner does not even have to invite children to their residence in order to face charges for an “attractive nuisance” in their property that has the potential to lure children to play on the hazard.
Van Dyke Law, LLC’s Connecticut and Massachusetts Personal Injury Attorney
If you have been injured as the result of a dangerous condition on a piece of property, do not hesitate to contact Van Dyke Law, LLC’s Connecticut and Massachusetts premises liability lawyer. Our attorney has years of experience in handling premises liability cases. We understand that when you visit someone’s property, whether it be as a guest or a customer, you expect a certain amount of protection from any injuries. We certainly do not go to the grocery store expecting injuries to occur. A property owner has a duty to all persons entering their property to ensure it is safe and free from hazards and will therefore be liable for any injuries you received as a result of dangerous conditions. Contact our West Hartford, Glastonbury, or Enfield office today for your initial free consultation.