Property owners, property managers, or those who otherwise have control of the premises are generally required to exercise reasonable care in their duty to protect or warn others of dangers or dangerous conditions on the property. When property owners fail to keep their property safe, guests, visitors, and people just passing through can be seriously injured by dangerous defects, loose wires, spills, icy sidewalks, and other hazards.
If you have been injured due to a dangerous condition on another person’s property, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. Ken Kieklak, Attorney at Law, possesses more than 20 years of experience standing up for injured Arkansans. If you or a family member was injured in an accident on someone else’s property, call our law offices today to schedule a free legal consultation. Our number is (479) 316-0438.
What Types of Premises Liability Accidents Are There?
Since premises liability accidents include nearly any accident that occurs on another person’s property, the number of types of accidents is limited only by the circumstances one can imagine. However, there are some common scenarios for premises liability accidents that can happen in many everyday scenarios:
- Slip and falls – A slip and fall is likely the most common premises liability accident. These accidents can occur due to a spilled liquid, snow or ice on a sidewalk, or because of slippery flooring material. Falling suddenly can lead to head injuries, broken bones, back injuries, and other injuries that can cause lasting effects.
- Trip and falls – Trip and fall accidents can occur under a variety of circumstances. A cracked sidewalk, debris in a walkway, or insufficient lighting can all cause or contribute to trip and fall accidents.
- Falling objects – Being struck by a falling object can cause traumatic brain injury, broken bones, and other severe injuries. Injuries from falling objects can occur due to improperly stacked or overstocked shelves in a store, falling signs or awnings, or items that a worker drops.
- Stairwell injuries – Insufficient lighting, uneven stairs, a weak or broken handrail, and debris on the stairs can all lead to people tripping or slipping and falling down the stairs. Falling on a staircase can lead to severe injuries, as you could tumble down a long distance, potentially suffering serious brain injuries, broken bones, and other injuries.
- Parking garage injuries – Injuries in parking lots can occur because of unclear or inappropriate signage that leads drivers into pedestrian areas. Blind corners, slippery surfaces, and broken or crumbling pavement can also lead to injuries, as can negligent security or supervision that leads to patrons becoming the victim of crime or assault.
- Electrocution – Failing to post signs for things like high voltage wiring or failing to warn guests or visitors about loose wiring or exposed electrical outlets can lead to severe injuries. Especially in places where wiring or electrical current might be exposed to water or easily accessible to small children, property owners need to take care to keep guests safe.
- Drowning – Property owners with ponds or swimming pools need to take care to prevent falls or unsupervised swimming on their property. Some property features, like swimming pools, may lead to trespassers or invited guests injuring themselves or drowning, potentially causing death or serious injury if not helped immediately.
These are not the only types of premises liability accidents. Our attorneys represent victims and their families on any type of injury case brought about by a dangerous or defective condition on someone else’s property. If you were injured in a way that does not appear on this list, contact our law offices today to discuss your case.
How Does Arkansas Law Protect You?
The extent to which one is protected and can recover under Arkansas law depends on their status when they were on the property. For example, landlords and property owners do not typically owe a trespasser a duty to clean up or warn about hidden dangers. However, the landlord has a duty to refrain from causing or attempting to cause intentional harm, even to a trespasser.
For children who may be attracted to the property by a swimming pool or another installation, a duty to protect them will still exist. This is known as the “attractive nuisance” rule, and it puts a burden on property owners to help keep children safe, even if they trespass on their property.
Furthermore, those who are invited to another person’s or business’ property are owed a duty of reasonable care. That means that landowners must take reasonable steps to protect or warn house guests, retail store patrons, and other individuals with express or implied permission to be on the property. If the landowner does not, he or she may be liable for damages due to the injury.
In any case where there is an injury, there may have been negligence that led to the injury. Of course, sometimes true accidents happen, but it is important to speak with an attorney to help understand if there may be a way to hold the property owner liable for injuries that you suffered.
Contact an Arkansas Premises Liability Attorney
Proving a premises liability case requires a clear and focused approach. Ken Kieklak can work to hold the negligent party accountable for your injuries. For your free, confidential initial consultation, contact Ken Kieklak, Attorney at Law, by calling (479) 316-0438.