Every week, customers suffer serious injuries when they encounter a hazardous condition while visiting a local business or other public venue. However, a consumer may be unsure as to whether the business can be held accountable for his or her physical injuries. While there may be other factors involved in a particular incident, there are three key points that may help establish a valid premises liability lawsuit for those injured in such a manner in Connecticut.
Every state has established its own laws regarding the responsibility that each party may bear when it comes to a slip-and-fall or trip injury at a local business. However, as long as a customer has lawfully entered a premises, the duty to ensure a safe property falls mainly on the business owner. Generally, there are three key areas that may be neglected that can result in a serious personal injury.
One of the most important tasks to prevent an injury from occurring includes conducting regular and thorough safety inspections of the property. While employees may feel that such activities are a waste of time, it may save both physical injury and money in the long run. Once an inspection reveals a condition that poses a potential hazard, it falls to the business owner to ensure that repairs are made as soon as possible.
Lastly, if repairs cannot be made immediately or if the condition is of a temporary nature, then it is imperative to place prominent warnings so that customers and other visitors to the business are aware of the hazard and can avoid an injury. If any one of these three points are neglected, then a serious injury might result. Connecticut is a comparative negligence state, which means that as long as a victim is not more than 50 percent responsible for his or her injuries, he or she may be entitled to monetary damages through a successfully navigated premises liability civil suit. An experienced personal injury professional can provide further information concerning a particular incident and the process involved.
Source: Forbes, "What Every Business Owner Needs To Know About Premises Liability", Anthony C. Johnson, Accessed on Oct. 10, 2017