West Coast Trial Lawyers know that business owners are expected to keep a safe environment for any individual that steps into it. To reach this objective, the business owner is required to inspect the property to make sure that everything is in good condition. Failure to perform this action will result in an individual being harmed, thus resulting in a premises liability case against the business owner. This is primarily why inspections are important. Regular inspection will find defects or damages, which will then make it easier for the business owner to know exactly what to fix.
When it comes to the duty of care, it is required for the business owner to provide anti-slip devices for rainy or snowy weather. Additionally, they may have warning signs available to give individuals a head’s up about puddles or a slippery floor on their private property. If a business owner follows through with either of these actions, they will keep individuals safe from harm.
One thing a business owner is not liable for is an altercation on their property. Business owners are not responsible for the actions committed by a third party. If two individuals get into a physical altercation with each other, then none of them are eligible to bring a premises liability lawsuit against the private property owner.
However, if these actions were foreseeable, there is a chance that the business owner may have the responsibility to prevent this altercation from occurring. An example could be individuals being continuously assaulted or robbed due to lack of security in the private property. A victim has the authority to initiate a premises liability suit against the business owner due to their injuries, along with not accommodating to a foreseeable issue.