Premises Liability


By definition, premises liability deals with the breach of duties that are required to be performed by an owner or occupier of real estate. Premises liability law governs situations where an individual is injured because of the dangerous conditions of a commercial or residential property.

The laws that define these obligations have been created with the intention of protecting people that are on or near a defective property or where dangerous conditions are present due to owner negligence. According to the United States Department of Justice, premises liability tort cases are second only to automobile cases, and a recent study of 45 of the nation’s largest counties showed that 17 percent of all tort cases were premises liability claims.

At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we believe that everyone has the right to expect public or private property to reach the correct minimum safety requirements for that local area. If you have been injured due to the negligence of a property owner, we can help advise if you have grounds to pursue compensation and if so, the best course of action to take. With offices in Hartford, Bridgeport, New London, Waterbury and New Haven, our lawyers fight for the rights of injured people throughout Connecticut.

To find out more, please call 800-PERKINS or send us an email. Your consultation and case evaluation are 100 percent free.

Recognize The Most Common Premises Liability Cases

While there are many potential areas for property liability to arise – which our attorneys are able to cater to – most types of personal injuries that arise from premises liability cases fall into a consistent group of sources.

This list includes (but is not limited to):

  • Falling ceilings
  • Fires
  • Lack of security cases
  • Unsafe structures
  • Elevator and escalator failures
  • Electrocution
  • Unsafe walkways
  • Snow and ice accidents
  • Construction zone accidents
  • Poor retail store maintenance
  • Exposure to poisonous substances
  • Amusement park accidents

For premises liability laws to be enforced, the defendant must actually possess the land or “property”, and there must also be some type of negligence or any other wrongful act. In recent years, there have also been valid lawsuits filed in instances where a person has been injured on another person’s property by a third person or party (such as an assault).

Admittedly, while many premises liability lawsuits are filed as slip-and-fall accidents, in most states across America, the laws have begun to favor the premises owners – simply due to the volume of self-inflicted injuries by people looking for a compensation payout.

How We Can Help You

At our firm, we build a high-caliber lawyer team for every premises liability claim that we handle. We examine the exact circumstances of your accident and investigate whether others have also been injured on the same property or real estate owned by the same individual, company or entity. With over 140 years of combined legal experience, we are able to anticipate the defense tactics of our opposing counsel, and plan our courtroom strategy accordingly, structuring sound arguments supported by comprehensive research and evidence. Our thorough analysis of cases enables us to achieve maximum compensation for your injuries.

Get Our Lawyers’ Help After An Injury

If you have been wrongfully injured, contact our experienced team of legal professionals today on 800-PERKINS.

As a client of our firm, we can proudly offer you:

  • Free initial consultation
  • Flexible appointment schedule
  • Home visits for clients without transportation
  • Personal service through the Perkins case management system

We also operate on a contingency fee basis — what this means is that if you do not receive money, we do not get paid. Ultimately, we have your best interests in mind, and will fight for your rights.

To get started, simply fill out the “Free Case Evaluation” form on this page – it’s 100% FREE.