What is Premises Liability?

Premises liability is a section of personal injury law covering bodily injury from a dangerous condition or activity on the premises. While this law typically favors the property owner, the injured party could receive compensation if they prove the following: 

  • The property owner either created or caused the dangerous event or condition due to negligence.
  • They knew about the dangerous condition before the injury occurred and did not take any action to make their property safe or warn the injured person of the danger.

Common Causes

There are many cases where premises liability could cause an issue. We see a few come across our desks more often than others, though. We’re going to lay out some of the most common causes for premise liability cases below:

  • Animal and Dog Bites
  • Slip and Fall Accidents
  • Dangerous Property
  • Negligent or Inadequate Security
  • Swimming Pool Injury
  • Inadequate Maintenance
  • Children on Property
  • Retail Store Liability
  • Restaurant Liability

It’s important to note that these are not the only cases where premise liability is the result, so if you feel you might have a case of premise liability that does not match any of the above, contact Reynolds and Reynolds today! We can help you determine if your situation might fall under premise liability. 

Limitations for Recovery

Most states follow comparative fault in cases involving premise liability. This means that an injured person who is partially or fully responsible for the situation cannot recover damages from the dangerous property condition. A visitor must use reasonable care to keep him or herself safe. If a visitor fails to do so, the recovery can be reduced by their percentage of fault. For example, if the visitor is found responsible for 10% of the situation, the owner of the premises is responsible for 90%. This means that the visitor can only recover 90% of the damages sustained. Monetarily, this means that if the case has a total of $100,000 damage, the visitor can only seek recovery for $90,000.


Reynolds and Reynolds want to help you get justice for your injury. If you’ve been involved in an incident where you believe premises liability is in play, you should contact one of our offices today. Our experts can help you determine what classification your case falls under, even if it’s not premise liability. We can do our best to help you recover damages for the stress and injuries you’ve sustained. You shouldn’t wait. Contact Reynolds and Reynolds to speak with one of our agents today about your case.