Those who own or occupy property have an ethical and legal obligation to keep their premises free from avoidable dangers. Yet, many businesses, landowners, homeowners, and tenants ignore dangerous conditions in an attempt to save time and money. Government agencies also disregard dangerous conditions in government buildings, public sidewalks, and other government-owned locations.
If someone is hurt because of a dangerous condition on the property, the victim may file a "premises liability" lawsuit.
Examples of dangerous conditions include:
•Loose handrails that cannot support reasonable use
•Rotted floors or stairwells
•Debris or trip hazards that cannot be easily seen
•Loose or missing railings on balconies or elevated walkways
•Open trenches or holes
Mr. Vosseller represents clients who have been injured by dangerous conditions on private property and government property. He is familiar with the defenses typically argued by private landowners and the special immunities invoked by governmental agencies.