Personal Injury & Premises Liability

Premises liability claims are a significant portion of personal injury law, where the owner or possessor of a property can be held liable for injuries that individuals sustain while on their property. These claims are based on the [legal] principle that property owners have a duty of care to ensure that their environment is safe for visitors. At Horrigan and Norman Law in Lynn, MA, attorney Mark Horrigan knows what it takes to defend victims of premises liability cases from start to finish. In fact, attorney Horrigan has represented multiple victims of personal injury cases related to premises liability including workers’ comp, construction accidents, slip and fall, and more. Read below then contact our team near the North Shore and Essex County area for more information.
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Differences between Slip & Fall and Premises Liability

A slip and fall case is just an example of a premises liability personal injury claim. Slip and fall cases are only substantive when the injured person slips and harms themselves due to a negligence on the property owner’s behalf. For example, you were perusing a grocery store and you slipped on a wet mop aisle that didn’t have proper cautionary signage.

Types of Premises Liability Cases Relating to Personal Injury

Other examples of slip and fall cases related to premises liability may include:

  • Dog bites or dog attacks
  • Electrical accidents or other construction/building related accidents
  • Slip and fall
  • Exposure to chemicals
  • …and more

Proving Negligence in Premises Liability

The extent of this duty varies depending on the status of the visitor, which can be classified into three categories: invitees, licensees, and trespassers. Invitees, such as customers in a store, are owed the highest duty of care, where property owners must regularly inspect and maintain the premises to prevent harm. Licensees, like social guests, are owed a moderate duty of care, requiring owners to fix or warn about known dangers. Trespassers, who enter without permission, are owed the least duty of care. To succeed in a premises liability claim, the individual must prove several elements. First, they prove that the defendant owed them a duty of care, which is contingent on their visitor status. Second, the individual must prove that the defendant breached this duty of care by failing to maintain their environment. Additionally, as a lawyer, you must help your victim prove that:

  1. The defendant owned or occupied the property and was responsible to maintain that property
  2. The defendant was negligent in their maintenance and caused a hazardous situation
  3. You suffered damages as a result of the previous two items

Contact Attorney Mark Horrigan to Learn More

If you believe you have a case for premises liability, contact the offices of Horrigan & Norman Law Firm near Boston today. Attorney Mark Horrigan is happy to review the details of your case with you to confirm you have enough evidence to move forward. Get in contact with the proven winning team at Horrigan & Norman Law today. We cannot wait to work with you! Se habla español!