Premises Liability

The owners of buildings and land—along with their tenants, and the companies that manage and maintain property for the owners and tenants—have a legal obligation to keep the premises safe for the employees, customers, workers, visitors and others who use property. If an unsafe condition or other hazard is present and the owner, tenant, manager, or someone else who controls the property or provides services on the property, knows about it (or should know about it), they are liable for the injuries caused by the dangerous condition.

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SMBB handles complex, high-value premises liability litigation involving factors far beyond the typical slip-and-fall case. From analyzing evidence to selecting experts, we have mastered the difficult task of establishing a relationship between a property’s condition and the injuries that occur there.

These cases involve property owners who fail to ensure that people who are in and around their buildings have a safe place to walk, work, shop or eat. We make sure that owners and property managers who cut safety corners are held accountable.

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SMBB has successfully represented victims of many serious accidents that have occurred on public and private properties, including those caused by:

Unmatched Results

SMBB has secured numerous multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements for our clients in premises liability cases, including some that rank among the largest in the US:

  • $101,000,000 settlement for 34 victims (including four fatalities) of Tropicana Casino parking garage collapse in Atlantic City, NJ
  • $29,500,000 settlement for 46 victims (including three fatalities) of Pier 34 collapse in Philadelphia
  • $11,700,000 settlement for New Jersey plant explosion that killed three workers and injured eight others
  • $11,000,000 settlement for family of worker killed in a fall at a steel factory
  • $10,000,000 settlement for warehouse worker paralyzed by pallet falling on him
  • $5,900,000 settlement for four construction workers and four homeowners injured in natural gas explosion
  • $4,000,000 settlement for two police officers injured in elevator shaft fall at Bucks County winery
  • $3,850,000 settlement for two maintenance workers injured by boiler room explosion

Unmatched Experience

SMBB’s premises liability lawyers have decades of experience grappling with the complex technical issues that are central to these cases. For example, we understand the coefficients of friction that determine the slipperiness of floors, the effect of lighting and visual cues, as well as building and safety code requirements for safe stairways and handrails. Our lawyers work closely not only with engineering experts who study these accidents, but the doctors and therapists who treat those who have been injured by hazardous conditions.

Unmatched Compensation

In addition to the owners of dangerous properties, others may be liable in a premises liability case, including:

  • Tenants
  • Property managers and maintenance companies
  • Construction contractors
  • Providers of janitorial, security, landscaping and paving services
  • Manufacturers of dangerous or defective building materials
  • Governmental entities responsible for public facilities

SMBB can help you get all the compensation to which you may be entitled—including payments for pain and suffering, emotional trauma, past and future medical expenses, lost income and future earnings.

If you have been injured, or a family member has been injured or killed, because of an unsafe or hazardous property, SMBB is committed to obtaining all the results you need and deserve.

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