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The right to be reasonably safe: premises liability considerations

There was once a time in American history when members of the public were largely on their own when it came to their interaction with dangerous conditions in commercial buildings, on city streets, in and around private residences and other locales.

Thankfully that time has passed, with safety advocates, legislators, public officials and other concerned parties coalescing over time in a common view that society cannot far progress in the absence of laws and safeguards imposed to protect the public's reasonable right to safety.

The history of American law spotlights a steady and persistent progression concerning the mandates placed upon property owners and managers to ensure reasonably safe conditions in and around their businesses and dwellings. When they are negligent and innocent third parties are injured as a result, remedies can be pursued that provide meaningful compensation for accident/injury victims and their families.

We help victims invoke those legal protections at the longstanding personal injury law firm of ParisBlank in Richmond, where our attorneys collectively command many decades of on-point experience aimed at securing best-case premises liability outcomes for clients.

In doing so, we note that premises liability matters embrace a wide universe. Many people in Virginia and elsewhere reasonably think of slip and fall cases when premises liability is mentioned, and that is certainly understandable. In addition to such claims, though, legal actions can be filed by injury victims in cases involving dog bites, criminal activity that was enabled through inadequate building security and in many other instances.

And the venues where liability can be found are potentially diverse and many, including supermarkets, shopping centers and malls, movie theaters, parking ramps, sports stadiums, swimming pools, nursing homes and private residences.

Being reasonably safe in public is not a luxury; rather, it is a legal right, with money damages being recoverable by victims who suffer injury resulting from third-party negligence.

A proven premises liability attorney can answer questions and, when necessary, bring informed and aggressive advocacy to bear on behalf of injured clients.

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