Mississippi Premises Liability Lawyer
Mississippi law holds property owners responsible for maintaining their property and keeping it safe for visitors and guests. This responsibility extends to both public and private properties. When there is a potential hazard, they must post a notice or warn visitors. If you were injured on someone else’s property due to their negligence, you could have a valid premises liability claim. These claims are complicated to pursue, which is why you should retain an experienced Mississippi premise liability lawyer to assist you.
What Is Premises Liability?
Premises liability starts with the duty that the property owner or tenant has to prevent someone from being injured while on the premises. The duty owed will depend on whether the property is private or public and the visitor’s purpose. If the property is public, owners typically have a greater duty to protect their visitors from harm than a private home. Visitors who have a business purpose generally have more protection than someone on a social visit. Be aware, though—property owners owe a limited duty to trespassers as well.
Examples of Premises Liability Claims in Mississippi
Numerous accidents and injuries can give rise to a Mississippi premises liability claim. Some examples include:
- Slip and fall: Slip and fall, or trip and fall, injuries are the most common types of premises liability claims we handle.
- Dog bites: When someone’s dog is unprovoked, but attacks you, the owner could be held liable for your injuries.
- Swimming pool accidents: Even residential property owners can be held liable for accidents in the swimming pool.
- Equipment failure: Elevators and escalators can malfunction, causing injury to people on or in them.
- Negligent security: This is a common claim for parking lots where owners knew criminal activity was happening but didn’t take proper precautions, such as installing security cameras and hiring security.
- Amusement parks and waterparks: Visitors can be injured on rides, in the queue area, foodservice outlets, etc.
- Dangerous chemicals or fumes: Exposure to hazardous fumes or chemicals could also be a premises liability claim. That is not uncommon in apartments where landlords don’t remedy mold problems, lead-based paint, etc.
Depending on the circumstances, you may have a claim against multiple parties. That is one reason why it’s so important to speak with a knowledgeable Mississippi premises liability attorney. Your attorney will make sure all responsible parties are on notice and work to hold them all accountable for your injuries.
Do You Have a Successful Premises Liability Claim?
Don’t expect the defendants to willingly offer compensation just because you were injured on their property. You need to prove negligence. That starts with the ability to show that the defendant owed you a duty of care and that they breached this duty. You must be able to establish a link between the breach of duty and your injuries. Lastly, you must have damages. That means if you were injured, you need to have seen a doctor and incurred financial loss.
Contact a Mississippi Premises Liability Lawyer
If you were injured on someone else’s property, let our Mississippi premises liability lawyers determine whether you have a valid claim for damages. Contact Lunsford, Baskin & Priebe, PLLC today to schedule an initial consultation.