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Premises Liability

Wingfield, Ginsburg & Lipp, P.C. has years of experience dealing with premises liability cases in Washington D.C., Maryland & Virginia. The focus of our law firm is to compensate our clients for injuries that were no fault of their own.

Premises are land and buildings together considered as property. Premises liability law requires that a landowner is responsible for certain injuries people who are present on the premises may encounter. In order for premises liability to apply, three items must be determined:

  • The defendant must possess the land
  • The plaintiff must be an invitee or licensee; trespassers are not protected under premises liability law.
  • Some form of negligence or other wrongful act must have occurred.

In the United States, the claims most commonly associated with premises liability include negligent maintenance, unsafe or dangerous conditions, assault and battery, slip/trip and fall, drowning/aquatic injuries, animal attacks, inadequate lighting and criminal attacks. The safety of the premises falls on the property owner; they have a legal obligation to ensure that all invitees or licensees are free from harm while on the property. There is a wide variety of situations that may lead to a premises accident:

  • Falling objects
  • Uneven floor surfaces
  • Poorly marked elevation changes
  • Poor lighting
  • Uneven elevators
  • Wet surfaces
  • Broken sidewalks
  • Broken steps

If you or someone you know has suffered an injury on premises other than their own, contact the Wingfield, Ginsburg & Lipp, P.C. for a premises liability consultation. They will work to understand your situation and fight inside and out of the courtroom to see that you get all that you deserve.