When someone spends time on another individual’s property, they should be able to expect that the property has been properly maintained according to safety standards. For example, when you shop, visit an apartment complex, or visit a business’s office, you entrust you safety to the property owner or manager of the entity. Though many owners and managers do uphold safety standards, many others cut corners to avoid maintenance and repair costs. Failure to uphold standards may not immediately result in harm, but repeated negligence often results in injury.
Categories of premises liability
As the Milwaukee personal injury attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. explain, injured individuals are sometimes able to claim financial compensation for their suffering by filing a personal injury lawsuit. Examples of cases that fall under the category of “premises liability” include the following:
- Slip and fall accidents: covers injuries sustained as a result of slipping or tripping hazards that were left unattended by the property owner
- Elevator/escalator injuries: covers injuries sustained from malfunctioning elevators or escalators
- Porch collapse: often results from an owner/manager’s failure to properly maintain and inspect a porch
- Stair collapse: results from improper repair and maintenance procedure
- Fires: covers damage done by a property owner/manager’s neglect of building regulation and safety codes, which mandate that each building be properly equipped with safety tools
- Lead paint poisoning: lead paint has been banned in commercial buildings since 1978, and building managers are responsible for replacing this dangerous paint with an alternative
- Mercury poisoning: can result from consumption of certain types of fish or exposure to certain types of products and appliances
- Swimming pool injuries: claims may be related to improper pool maintenance or supervision
- Legionnaires’ disease: an extremely dangerous respiratory infection that stems from water-borne bacteria. Infection only occurs when water is inhaled in vapor or mist form, so common sources of contamination are cooling towers, air conditioning systems, spas, fountains, and other large water features.