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Understanding Premises Liability


Property owners are required to adhere to certain local, state, and federal laws that are meant to keep their buildings safe for authorized visitors and for those who do business there. Local and state laws can vary somewhat, but they work to accomplish the same goal of keeping occupants safe from harm.

When property owners fail to maintain a safe environment, innocent people can fall victim to personal injuries. If this happens to you, the premises liability lawyers here at Lanzotti & Rau can help you hold the property owners accountable for their actions, and can help you recover the compensation you deserve for their negligence.

Examples of Premises Liability Cases

Because premises liability covers a wide range of case types, it is important to hire a team of attorneys that has experience in the area that pertains to your case the most.

At Lanzotti & Rau, our team of premises liability lawyers have experience with a wide range of different cases, including:

  • Slip and fall
  • Staircase injuries
  • Electrocution or electrical injury
  • Defective sidewalks
  • Insufficient security

Some of the causes of premises liability cases include, but are not limited to:

  • Snow or water left on walkways, creating a slip hazard
  • Shoddy, unmaintained, or defective electrical systems
  • Subpar construction quality
  • Poor quality materials
  • Building code violations


The levels of liability that falls on the property owner or the occupiers of the property varies depending on the nature of business the visitor had on the property in the first place. Those who are on the property for business or the benefit of the landowner are given the most protection from being liable for their injuries, with visitors on the property without a business purpose below them, and trespassers carrying the least protection from liability.

If you’ve been injured on another person’s premises, you may be entitled to compensation due to the property owner’s negligence. Contact Lanzotti & Rau today at 573.335.9300 to speak with our experienced team of attorneys, and allow us to help you secure the compensation you deserve.