Premises Liability Law
What is premises liability law?
Premises liability law holds landowners accountable when a person injures him or herself on a property because of a dangerous condition. Typically, most premises liability claims are based on negligence. For example, if person A went to person B’s house, and person A tripped on the front porch, which was in poor condition, and injured themselves; then person A could file a premises liability claim against person B, due to negligence of their own property. Lawsuits that are based on a trip and fall, because of wet floors, unsafe stairs, snow, and other obstacles, are the most common kinds of accidents. All of these are very common accidents for which people file premises liability claims.
However, for a plaintiff to receive compensation, an owner must be found at fault. Typically, in understanding how a person was injured and why that person was on the property, courts can determine fault. To begin, if a person entered a property without permission he or she is a trespasser. On the other hand, if a person entered with an invitation from the owner, he or she is an invitee. Either way, each classification carries a different level of fault or responsibility for protection. With this framework, typically, landowners are not responsible for keeping trespassers safe, unless the landowner knew the trespasser was there and failed to warn them of the faulty property or dangerous conditions, then they are liable.
What do attorneys in this field do?
Attorneys in this field handle claims dealing with premises liability matters. If an attorney is working on plaintiff’s matters and bringing suits, attorneys help the plaintiffs receive compensation for the harm done and their injuries caused due to the accident that has occurred. They assess the impact of the injury and then whatever caused the accident, whether it was a faulty porch or an icy driveway and then they argue their case for the client.
However, if you are an attorney with a defense focus, you will focus on advising clients and protecting a landowner’s property interests. In this role, the defense attorney will seek to minimize any liability. All in all, the attorneys’ job is to take care of their clients and look out for their best interest.
How do I enter this field?
So, what do you do if you want an insurance law practice focused on premises liability? How do you get started? Of course, your law school courses can and will help you prepare. In addition, during law school, you may also develop and obtain experience in a clinical or other practice environment. Once you graduate, take the bar, and, can practice law, you will find that insurance law – premises liability positions can be found at a variety of different organizations. For example, hedge fund and fund formation lawyers can be found in advocacy groups, corporate legal departments, federal, state and local government, and, of course, law firms, both large and small.
Once you have earned your degree and license to practice, where do you start your practice? At a trade organization? In a small firm? At a large firm? The variety of choices can be overwhelming. Below please find a few examples of the different types of opportunities which can be found in this practice area:
- Insurance Defense Litigation Associate 9596 – Miami
- Insurance Coverage Litigation Associate 4391 – Washington, D.C.
- Insurance Litigation Associate 8837 – Philadelphia
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