Seven Ways Premises Liability Accidents Happen


Premises liability accidents are one of the most common sources of personal injury lawsuits, year after year. That is partly because there are many different ways that property owners can fail to keep their property secure, leading to otherwise preventable harm. Here are seven ways that people may become the victim of premises liability accidents:


  1. Failing to clean up spills
    • Arguably the most “classic” of all premises liability accidents, these types of injuries are caused when property owners fail to clean up spilled food or liquids. This is a constant issue in grocery stores and restaurants, but just about anywhere can suffer from having ownership that does not prioritize cleaning up spills. When spilled food or liquid is left to linger, people can easily slip and fall, resulting in an injury.
  2. Failing to remove snow and ice
    • Sometimes slippery floors do not come from spills, but instead from snow and ice that is in and around a property. Every property owner has a responsibility to clear their premises of snow and ice on their walkways, and in New York City, there is the additional responsibility to keep sidewalks clear. Failure to do so makes it more likely someone will slip on the icy ground, resulting in a potentially serious accident.
  3. Failing to repair damaged or broken floors
    • Over time, flooring can become damaged, causing it to become uneven, or to become loose under people’s feet. This is true whether the floor is made of conventional wooden floorboards, ceramic tiles, linoleum, or carpeting. These damaged floors place people walking at them at a high risk of slipping or tripping, and in the most extreme cases can even collapse under someone, resulting in potentially severe harm.
  4. Failing to install or maintain lighting
    • Keeping a property well lit is essential to maintaining safety for anyone on it. Not only is it crucial for helping people to see where they walk, adequate lighting also helps to discourage potential criminal acts. A failure to appropriately install and maintain lighting places anyone on the property at a high risk of a premises liability accident.
  5. Failing to install adequate security measures
    • Property owners are also responsible for deterring foreseeable criminal acts on their property. In addition to installing adequate lighting, this may also include installing security cameras, hiring guards, or placing bars over windows. Failing to take these steps can make a crime much more likely, creating a possible premises liability action if someone is injured.
  6. Failing to keep swimming pools secure
    • While owning a swimming pool can be a lot of fun during the summer, it also carries certain risks. When people are swimming in the pool, a lifeguard should always be around to rescue anyone who might need it, and when it is not in use, it should be kept secure with a locked fence or other security measures.
  7. Failing to keep dogs trained and secured
    • Lots of people love dogs, but not everyone who owns a dog handles their dog responsibly. Every dog owner has a responsibility to keep their dog trained, and to keep a dog leashed when they are outside. A dog owner who fails to train their pet, or who fails to keep control of them, can be subjected to a lawsuit if their dog bites someone.


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