Our Milford personal injury lawyers believe a person should be held accountable if their guests get hurt because of their negligence. A “premises liability” claim is a civil suit against the owner or controller of a property for defects or hazards on the property that caused a visitor’s injuries. There are specific laws regarding premises safety and an owner’s liability in Connecticut. An injured party may bring a claim against a property owner if he or she was negligent in the use of the property, resulting in the accident and subsequent injuries. Retaining a Milford premise liability attorney from Harlow, Friedman & Adams, P.C., can be a big help in pursuing compensation for these types of claims in Milford.
Dangers May Await You at Your Local Milford Store
Slip and falls are some of the most common premises liability accidents. Slip and falls account for more than one million emergency room visits annually throughout the U.S. Slip and falls can occur in parking lots or on the premises of local grocery stores, shopping malls, and other businesses. Big box stores in Milford such as Target, Whole Foods, Big Lots, Macy’s, Wal-Mart, Aldi, and JCPenney are often the settings for slip and falls and other personal injury accidents. They may contain property hazards that make shopping unreasonably dangerous for visitors, including:
- Slippery floors
- Poor lighting
- Icy parking lots
- Unstable shelving
- Falling objects
- Broken elevators/escalators
- Blocked exits
- Fire or flood hazards
- Inadequate security
There are many potential hazards in local stores that could cause broken bones, lacerations, burns, concussion, spine injuries, and other harms to unsuspecting shoppers. To hold the store owner or company liable for a slip and fall or other accident, the injured party must have the necessary elements for bringing a premises liability claim. Our personal injury lawyers in Milford can help injured shoppers gather evidence and prove a claim against a local store or chain in front of a judge or jury.
Elements in a Premises Liability Claim
There are four essential elements an injured party (the plaintiff) must have for a successful suit against the property owner or another defendant. The person who was hurt must show the defendant owned, leased, occupied, or controlled the property at the time of the incident. Second, the injured party must prove the defendant was negligent in the use or maintenance of the property. This element requires the injured person to prove the defendant used the property in a way that breached his or her duties to the hurt individual. The defendant may have failed to maintain the premises, negligently failed to repair a defect, or failed to warn visitors of known hazards.
The third element is that the plaintiff suffered harms. If you did not sustain personal injuries, medical bills, property damage, lost wages, or another harm, you will not have grounds to file a claim. Finally, the plaintiff must show causation – that the defendant’s negligence was a substantial factor in causing the plaintiff’s harms. If a third-party element, such as a defective product or poor weather condition, was the proximate cause of the incident, you may have a case against more than one defendant or no case at all. Talk to our attorneys to find out the details of your specific premises liability claim in Milford.