Let’s say you’re in a popular toy store to buy a birthday gift for your niece. You’re walking down an aisle, and you step on a small toy car that was left out of its box. You slip, lose your balance, and sprain your wrist. This is where “premises liability” comes into play.
“Premises liability” is a promise that all businesses, such as toy stores, supermarkets, or movie theaters, make to their customers. It means that the people who run these places need to keep them safe for everyone who visits. They should ensure the floors are clean and clear of hazards. If a toy is left on the floor, they need to put it back in its place quickly. Also, they’re responsible for things like making sure shelves are secure and won’t fall over.
If a business fails to do this and someone gets hurt because of it, that’s when we say there’s been a “breach” of premises liability. The business could be held responsible, or liable, for the injuries. This might mean they have to pay for the injured person’s medical expenses, any wages they lost because they couldn’t work, or even for their pain and suffering.
So, whenever you’re at a store or any place of business, remember they have a duty to keep you safe. If they don’t do their job and you get hurt, the rule of premises liability may help you get what you need to recover.