-by Christopher Lebherz
Property owners have a responsibility for maintain a relatively safe environment that ensures that those entering the property have a reasonable expectation of not getting injured. This legal concept, know as “premises liability”, comes into play when an injury is caused by an unsafe or defective condition on someone’s property. Regardless of whether the accident takes place in a store or residence, or on public property, two basic rules determine who is legally responsible. First, the owner of the property has a legal duty not to expose those who enter to unreasonable risk due to faulty design, construction, or condition. However, property owners are not held liable for those entering the property in an unexpected, unauthorized, or dangerously careless manner.
If someone is seeking compensation for an injury that occurred on your property, you may or may not be held legally responsible. Did you give that person permission to be on your property, or did they enter without your knowledge or approval? Did you take reasonable precautions to prevent them from injury?
Lebherz & Lebherz, Attorneys at Law, can be your advocate in negotiations or in the courtroom. We are located at Old Bailey Court, 99 Town Hall Square. Please call LEBHERZ & LEBHERZ, Attorneys at Law, at (508)548-6600 to schedule a consultation to review the details of your case.