Property Owners Liability

Every year, many people are seriously injured while in someone else's home or place of business. Many people commonly associate premises liability with “slip and fall” cases, but premises liability cases also include a wide range of situations from dangerous conditions to unsafe methods of operation to inadequate security where liability may be imposed on the owner of the premises where the injury occurred.

Premises liability laws make the person who is in possession of land or premises liable for injuries suffered by persons who visit the premises. While some premises cases appear simple, knowing the law is essential.  In some states the law is set up to favor the premises owner not the victim.  In other states, the law favors the one who is injured.  It’s important to contact a local attorney with knowledge of the laws in your area for specific questions, but to help you and your family develop a general understanding of Property Owners Liability, InjuryBoard has put together this series of articles.

The information in this Help Center has been arranged into the following sections:


In each of these articles you will find expert analysis, key strategies, and bottom line advice to help you stay safe and navigate through the challenging process from the scene of an accident all the way to a successful resolution of all the issues – medical, insurance, and legal.

Safety and Prevention

Find out who's responsible for an accident and why and what you can do to stay safe

What to Do When You Have an Accident on Someone Else's Property

Learn about a property owner's responsibility and the first things you should do when an accident happens

Common Case Types

Discover common types of property liability and steps to take when you've been hurt

Inadequate Security

Learn more about a property owner's responsibility to offer adequate security and what happens if they don't

Legal Issues and Property Owners Liability

Explore the legal process and learn more about your legal rights

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10 Tips to Prevent Dog Bite / Dog Attack

1. Do not approach an unfamiliar dog.
2. Do not run from a dog and scream.
3. Do not move (e.g., "be still like a tree") when approached by an unfamiliar dog.
4. If knocked over by a dog, roll into a ball and lie still (e.g., "be still like a log").
5. Do not play with a dog unless supervised by an adult.
6. Immediately report stray dogs or dogs displaying unusual behavior to an adult.
7. Avoid direct eye contact with a dog.
8. Do not disturb a dog who is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies.
9. Do not pet a dog without allowing it to see and sniff you first.
10. If bitten, immediately report the bite to an adult.

Source:  National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), CDC