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Beyond slip and falls: Premises liability accidents

Most people probably understand that if there is a slick spot on the floor in a hotel, restaurant or other place of business in Nevada, someone such as an owner should be responsible for eliminating the hazard. A slip-and-fall accident can cause serious injuries, after all. However, there are many other ways that a person could be injured on another’s property that may also be considered premises liability. explains that to prove premises liability, a person must show that the business owner knew about the hazard but did not take care of it. This covers a wide variety of accidents. For example, any building code violation that leads to an injury accident could result in litigation against the owner. Likewise, if a product is stacked on a shelf in an unsafe way and it falls on a customer, the owner could be held liable. 

According to FindLaw, a construction company would probably also be held responsible if falling materials injured a person passing the site on an adjacent sidewalk. A security lapse such as burned out lights in a parking lot or a lack of security cameras or guards could lead to an attack on a vulnerable person in that area. In court rulings, shopping malls, convenience stores, colleges and hotels have been held accountable for these types of incidents. 

While a business owner would not necessarily be considered negligent if a catastrophe such as a fire occurred on the property, if people are harmed because of a lack of sprinklers or alarms, it may be a different matter. Personal property owners may also be held accountable for injuries to their guests if they do not warn them about potential hazards.

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