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by Jeff Rasansky - December 7, 2013
Jeff Rasansky
Jeff Rasansky, managing partner of Rasansky Law Firm, is an aggressive Dallas personal injury lawyer with 25 years of legal experience.

iStock_000007967377XSmallPremise liability lawsuits are usually filed through a personal injury lawyer. In some cases, the claimants are severely injured through some sort of negligence on the part of the property owner. Some of the most common claims involve slip and fall injuries. These injuries may have been caused because the property owner failed to adequately warn customers that there was a slip hazard or because they failed to provide a high-traction surface on an area that is typically wet, and one they should have known to take extra measures to make safer.

Some times of year are inherently more dangerous than others. For example, in winter, there may be ice that builds up on walking surfaces and, in some areas, snow that builds up on rooftops. Either of these can present a hazard to people entering a building and the property owner can be reasonably expected to make their entryway as safe as possible, especially since they’re inviting people to come to their establishment. When they don’t, people may be hurt or killed through no fault of their own and in a way that they couldn’t have possibly foreseen, but that the building owner should have.

There are some cases, however, where the property owner will not be liable. You have to consider these things before visiting a personal injury attorney to see about filing a claim. For example, some properties—amusement parks, water parts, etc.—require that you sign a waiver before entering. This is because you should understand that you are taking a risk and signing the waiver is legally stating that you’re aware of the risks and that you’re choosing to take them with that knowledge. As long as you weren’t put at risk that you weren’t made aware of first, you probably won’t be able to file a suit.

You may also not be able to file a suit if you were doing something the property warned visitors against. If they put up a “Wet Floor” sign and you walked on the wet floor and hurt yourself after having been adequately warned, it’s really not the property owner’s fault. Remember that there is personal responsibility to consider in these cases. If you were acting responsibly and reasonably and were injured, however, you may want to consult with an attorney about filing a suit, especially if the injury resulted in medical or other expenses.

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