Premises Liability

Hold Owners Responsible for Hazards and Defects on Their Property

Property owners in Glastonbury have a duty to maintain their property to protect the health and safety of their visitors. Without this duty, many owners would allow the premises to fall into disrepair, and they might never warn visitors of hazards on the property which could hurt them.

At Tehrani Law Group, we can assist anyone injured in a business, private residence, or government building. Please contact us to learn more from our Glastonbury premises liability attorney.

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Types of Premises Liability Claims We Take On

Our firm can help victims of the following accidents:

  • Slip and fall
  • Falling merchandise
  • Fire or explosion
  • Building collapse
  • Swimming pool and hot tub accident
  • Hotel or motel accident
  • Toxic chemical exposure
  • Negligent security

 Examples of Premises Liability Cases

We have helped people injured in the following ways:

  • Slipping on ice or snow in a parking lot or outside a business
  • Suffering injury when a shelf collapses at a store
  • Being electrocuted in someone’s home when you turn on a light or use an appliance
  • Nearly drowning in a swimming pool
  • Being attacked in a store or apartment building that lacks adequate security
  • Suffering toxic mold exposure in an apartment

These are only some of the more common premises liability cases we take. If you are hurt and think a hazard is to blame, contact an attorney to review.

How Do You Know if You Have a Claim?

Most premises liability claims are based on negligence. This is the failure of the property owner to use reasonable care to protect visitors and guests. However, Connecticut only lays down general rules about what steps an owner should take. First, we must analyze why you were on the property, which helps identify the owner’s standard of care:
  • Invitee. Invitees are usually people who enter for a business purpose, or who enter public land which is held open to the public. A social guest is also an invitee if they were invited to enter.
  • Licensee. Licensees are allowed or given permission to enter property, often for their own purposes.
  • Trespasser. Someone without permission to enter or remain on property is a trespasser and a lawbreaker.
  • Property owners owe greater duties of care to invitees than licensees. For example, they must inspect their property for hazards and fix them to make them reasonably safe for anyone they invite to enter. By contrast, they have no duty to inspect for the benefit of a licensee.
Property owners owe no duty of care to trespassers. Instead, they only need to refrain from intentionally injuring them. Different rules apply to children, however. A property owner must use care to protect children they know are trespassing or should know.
 
 

What to Do After an Accident

If you’re hurt, the first thing is to seek medical care. You might be in so much pain you can’t move and need an ambulance to come collect you. Call emergency services if you have a phone; ask someone else to call if you do not.
 
We also recommend trying to document any hazards on the property. If a heavy box fell off a shelf and landed on you, get a picture of the box. The same is true if you slipped on liquids or tripped over a box in the middle of the floor. These photographs help establish that the hazard really existed. Also notify the property owner if you can find them. In a store, it’s sufficient to tell a member of the staff about the accident. They can take steps to minimize the hazard and protect other customers.

Hurdles to Receiving Compensation

Our Glastonbury premises liability attorney can review the facts to identify whether you have a solid claim. In our experience, there are certain hurdles we must overcome along the way to obtaining compensation:

  • The property owner might claim you had no permission to be on the property. This means they owe you no meaningful duty of care.
  • The property owner might fix or remove the hazard. This is why getting a picture is so important.
  • The property owner might claim you were distracted or carelessly contributed to your accident. For example, you might have clumsily pulled a box off a shelf, leading to the shelf collapse.

Similarly, the more obvious the hazard, the harder it is to bring a claim. Often defendants allege you could have taken reasonable steps to protect yourself. For example, if you see a big hole in someone’s lawn, you should avoid walking near it so you don’t fall in. Nonetheless, owners are responsible for keeping their property safe for guests. 

Speak with a Glastonbury Premises Liability Attorney

Our firm’s founder, Payman Tehrani, has deep experience in premises liability accidents. To find out more about possible legal avenues to compensation, contact us today. Our consultations are free and completely confidential.

Schedule a call with Attorney Payman today