“Unsafe premises” is a branch of personal injury law with many other branches. This area of law covers a variety of circumstances. It includes cases in which a poorly designed structure collapses or otherwise fails, injuring people standing on it, under it, or are in any way harmed by the poor design of the structure. Cases in this area also cover injuries to people who have slipped on a slippery substance that was negligently left on a floor, rather than cleaned.
In addition, some walkways or stairs are poorly designed and create a tripping hazard. For example, a sidewalk may have a significant rise from one slab to another – or it may be broken, leaving a deep depression. A city, or business, that knows its walkways or stairs are unsafe but does nothing to correct it can be liable when people are, predictably, injured.
Not all surfaces and stairways are improperly designed. Sometimes, a slippery substance appears so quickly on a floor there is not adequate time to clean it up before someone falls. Sometimes an accident is not anyone’s fault. But sometimes it is. The only way to know is by talking to an attorney. If you have been injured, and think unsafe premises may be to blame, please call for a free consultation. We are here to help.