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Determining if you have a premises liability case

When you are injured outside of your Connecticut home, you may initially think the injury falls within the bounds of premises liability. However, an injury is not automatically considered premises liability because you were at someone else’s home or a public building. There are other conditions which usually must apply. At McCoy and McCoy, we know that these conditions can be difficult to understand at first.

Public buildings, such as grocery or retail stores, need to have safe conditions for customers. If you are injured at these facilities, you generally need to demonstrate that there was negligence involved. In order for this to be considered premises liability, the hazard should have been recognized as such by managers but not remedied. Negligence can include things such as slips on a wet floor because store employees did not put up a sign alerting customers to the hazard.

Although you may think that an injury incurred on a homeowner’s property automatically falls under premises liability, this is generally not the case. If the homeowners did not know you would be on their property, they typically cannot be held liable. You usually need to prove that you were an invited guest to the home. You may also demonstrate that the homeowner knew there could be a hazard but did not alert you to it, or that the hazard was clear to everyone on the premises.

If you are not sure whether your injury would be considered grounds for a premises liability case, it is usually best to do some research to understand more about this type of case. More information about this subject can be found on our web page.


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