Top Connecticut Premises Liability Attorney
Connecticut law requires property owners to keep their grounds in reasonably safe condition for visitors, workers, residents and other groups. Unfortunately, many property owners fail to adhere to these state legal requirements. Broken pavement, wet or uneven floors, asbestos exposure and other common property hazards are responsible for serious injuries and deaths on a daily basis.
Those who have suffered as the result of this negligence can exercise their rights under Connecticut law. By doing so, they can receive fair compensation for any and all injuries or damages that occurred.
To help you better understand the complexities of premises liability law, let’s take a closer look at how state statutes apply, and the most common hazards that people face.
Premises Liability Law Explained
If an injury or death occurs inside or outside of a building — and that injury or death is the result of inadequate maintenance or some other form of negligence — the victim can sue the property owner under Connecticut law.
In Connecticut, as in many other states, victims can still pursue premises liability claims even if they are partially responsible for the incident. This is a legal concept known as comparative negligence. As long as the victim is judged to be no more than 49-percent responsible, she may collect damages for the incident.
In premises liability cases, a plaintiff seeks to establish that the defendant had a duty to the injured party. For example, a property owner may have a reasonable duty to disclose to workers that a building contains asbestos. If a duty to the injured party exists, it may then be established that a breach of that duty occurred, if the property owner failed to disclose or warn the victim of existing hazards.
Once such a breach is established, a plaintiff will then take steps to establish that the breach was the proximate cause of any injuries or damages sustained by the plaintiff or injured party.
Common Types of Premises Liability Hazards
Premises liability negligence can take many forms, and each incident often depends on context – for example, how regularly the property was maintained. Some of the most common forms of premises liability negligence include:
- Cracked pavement or broken steps
- Icy or slick surfaces
- Broken or insufficient lighting
- Loose debris or surfaces
- Environmental contamination
- Inadequate on-premises security
- Broken elevators
- Falling objects resulting from poor maintenance
It’s also important to note that premises liability negligence can occur in a variety of places: Residential buildings, shopping malls, municipal properties, office parks, theme parks, etc. Owners of these properties are expected to look for these risks and repair them upon discovery. Failure to do so in a timely and reasonable manner may be ground for a premises liability action.
These risks are quite serious. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control, slips and falls were responsible for 849 worker deaths in 2016. If you or someone you love has been injured due to premises liability negligence, you may be able to recover costs associated with:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Costs associated with physical therapy
- Wrongful death
- The first step toward receiving just compensation under the law is contacting an experienced Connecticut premises liability lawyer.
Are You Eligible For Compensation?
When determining liability for a premises-related injury, the state of Connecticut primarily considers whether the person on the property was there as an invited guest, a licensee, or a trespasser. These titles have specific legal definitions apart from their casual use in everyday conversation.
Finding the Right Premises Liability Attorney in Connecticut
Injuries associated with negligent property upkeep can have devastating physical and financial consequences. This means that it’s imperative for you to work with a legal advocate who specializes in premises liability cases.
Navigating the complexities of premises liability law can be challenging for the average person. Additionally, those who are guilty of maintaining negligent property often have deep resources and experienced legal counsel of their own.
For these reasons, it’s essential to find a local attorney who has deep experience with Connecticut premises liability laws. This will provide you with the best chance to recover fair compensation for your injures and/or damages.
If you or a loved are in this situation, we urge you to contact Brickley Law for a free consultation today.
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