Albuquerque Premises Liability Attorney

Premises liability refers to the responsibility of an owner, manager, or occupier of a property to provide reasonably safe conditions for those who visit or reside on the premises. When a safety hazard forms, or if a dangerous condition exists, it is the responsibility of the property owner or manager to either correct the condition or provide ample warning to patrons. If a property owner fails to remedy a hazardous condition within a reasonable timeframe, or if he or she fails to provide ample warning, and if a patron or resident gets hurt as a result, that patron or resident may have grounds to sue for premises liability.

If you were injured on another person’s property, and if you believe that negligence was the reason for your accident, contact our Albuquerque premises liability lawyers at the Law Offices of Edward Chavez, Jr. , to discuss your case today.

Slip and Fall is the Most Common Type of Premises Liability

Slip and fall claims are the most common type of premises liability claims. Despite what the media might have you believe, Slip and fall cases do not just arise out from a shopper slipping on a wet floor that was not marked by the appropriate signs (though lack of wet floor signs is a common reason for these types of cases). Slip and fall liability cases also arise when a person trips in a hole in the landscaping, or when someone trips over an uneven surface, or when a person trips over a hidden object. These types of cases are often ridiculed, but the truth is that Slip and fall can result in serious injuries, such as broken bones, brain injuries, and even death.

Other Types of Premises Liability Cases

Premises liability claims can take many forms. Some reasons for which a property owner, manager, or occupier might be held liable for a patron’s or visitor’s injuries include the following:

  • Failing to provide adequate security;

  • Failing to maintain elevators or escalators;

  • Failing to secure certain fixtures, furniture, or objects;

  • Failing to enclose a swimming pool in a fence or other barrier;

  • Failing to provide visitors with adequate lighting;

  • Failing to warn visitors of a possible hazard;

  • Failing to ensure that all wiring is up to code; or

  • Failing to hide exposed wiring.

If a person were to get injured on another person’s property because of any one of the above failures, the property owner or occupier could be held liable.

A person or entity may also be held liable for illness that is the result of long-term chemical exposure or exposure to some other harmful substance.

Social Host Liability

New Mexico abides by a set of social host liability laws, which can be found under its Liquor Liability Act. Under this act, social hosts may be held liable for injuries caused by a person who was served an excessive amount of alcohol. However, in order for a host to be held liable for a guest’s actions, two requirements must be present:

  • A guest/host relationship must have been established; and

  • The host must have provided alcoholic beverages in a reckless manner and without regard for anyone else.

Of course, as with any premises liability claim, much more goes into proving a social host liability claim. However, it is important for all potential hosts to understand their responsibilities and for all partygoers to understand their rights.

Retain the Help of an Albuquerque Premises Liability Attorney

Premises liability claims are rarely, if ever, simple. If you or a loved one was injured on another person’s property, and if you believe that negligence is the reason for your injuries, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. Contact our premises liability lawyers at the Law Offices of Edward Chavez, Jr. , regarding your legal options today.