What is the definition of premises liability?

Premises liability is a legal theory in which property owners and residents can be held liable for accidents that take place on the property, and that cause injury. Property owners have a duty to keep the premises in reasonably safe condition so that people are not likely to fall and hurt themselves. For instance, a premises liability claim can result from a slip and fall in a department store or one that occurs on a public sidewalk.

Whether the property owner is liable is dependent on the laws of the state in which the injury took place. In some states, the court will direct its attention to the visitor who was injured in order decide who is liable. In others, the court will concentrate on the condition of the property, and the actions of the property owner and the visitor.

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