You're staying at a hotel when someone breaks into your room. You're robbed and injured in the encounter. The police respond, the offender is arrested and you get your valuables back. However, you also wind up in the hospital, and you're wondering if the hotel is liable.
You chose your apartment because it came with solid security measures. You didn't want to feel threatened in your own home. You wanted it to be a place where you could relax. You were assured when you signed the lease that that's exactly what you were going to get.
If you're hurt and seeking compensation in a premises liability case, you probably start by thinking about your medical bills. They're the first immediate cost you see, and they could be extensive.
You think nothing of stepping onto the escalator or the elevator. Both are so common in modern society that you use them with little thought to your own safety, trusting in the design of the machines. You may even be on your cellphone, listening to music, talking to friends, or doing a whole host of other activities that draw your attention and focus away from the devices themselves.
You're walking back to your dorm after an evening at the gym, and three people jump out and attack you. Maybe it's a random attack or maybe they're trying to take your wallet. Either way, you find yourself asking one important question in the wake of the incident: Was the school liable?
You've probably heard that your landlord has to maintain your rental property. Naturally, most landlords want to do this to keep the property's value high and protect their investment. However, there is also a legal obligation to do a number of things to keep you safe. These things include:
When a landlord rents to tenants who have children, it's important for him or her to make sure the space is safe for kids. Naturally, some childproofing should be done by the parents -- the landlord doesn't have to put caps in all the electrical outlets, for example -- but the space needs to be generally safe. A few examples of things a landlord could do include:
Your landlord has an obligation to keep your residence in good condition. This doesn't mean that cosmetic updates -- like updated trim or new bathroom fixtures -- have to be made, but that the residence has to be habitable and safe. Safety issues like broken banisters and exposed wiring need to be fixed.