What is Premises Liability?

In the unfortunate occasion that an individual becomes hurt on someone’s property, it may be wise to consider legal options. Bringing a successful personal injury case against a neglectful party can provide the means for an individual to recuperate substantial compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. One of the main factors in many personal injury cases is known as premises liability. Premises liability simply means that the owner of a property who fails to make sure their premises is free of dangers can be held legally and financially responsible for injuries that take place. Under Delaware law, private property owners are one exception to this rule. A person who is injured on private property has no cause of action against the property owner unless it is found that the injury was intentional or caused by the willful or wanton disregard for others’ rights.

A few significant factors for property owners to consider include the following:

  • Make sure that repairs are made as soon as hazards become apparent
  • If an unsafe condition exists, such as wet floors, make sure that a warning notice regarding the condition is present
  • If a property is susceptible to criminal activity, make sure that there is adequate security available
  • Make sure that precautious measures are taken such as installing a fence to keep a dog in the yard, installing lighting to make sure individuals can see at night, etc.

If you have questions about premises liability, contact our firm today.

MW&M is comprised of experienced personal injury attorneys located in Newark, Delaware serving the whole state. Please contact the office for a free initial consultation and get any questions answered regarding your specific case.